The body of a teenage schoolgirl has been found dead inside a home in Britain after she was apparently mauled to death by five "out of control" pet dogs.


Police officers found the body of Jade Lomas-Anderson, 14, at the home in Atherton, near Manchester in north-west England, with injuries that were "consistent with her having been attacked by dogs".


Four of the dogs were shot dead by police, who initially were called to the home at 2pm on Tuesday after reports that a girl was unconscious and a pack of dogs was out of control.


A fifth dog was captured by police, and all five animals will be examined as part of the police investigation.

Two of the dogs were believed to be bull mastiffs and two were believed to be Staffordshire bull terriers, but police have not confirmed their breeds.


Jade was staying at a friend's house for the Easter holidays and was alone in the home when the dogs attacked her, according to the Daily Mail.


Officers who arrived at the home were confronted by a number of dogs in the back yard that were aggressive.

Superintendent Mark Kenny, of Greater Manchester Police, offered his condolences to the teenager's family and said the incident was "extremely distressing".


"While our inquiries to find out what happened are ongoing, this girl's injuries are consistent with her having been attacked by dogs," he said in a statement.


Jade lived with her family in a nearby house and was a year nine student at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, the newspaper reported.


A neighbour, Kenneth Lindsay, told ITV News he heard shots being fired.


"I just heard gunshots. It was going on without me realising it," he said.


"When I heard the gunshots I came out of the door. There was a policeman talking to people."