That’s a horrible way to die. As a rule, dogs aren’t born this way: It takes the cruelty of human beings to transform them into monsters. A year in jail seems hardly sufficient.
Two women who admitted allowing a dog to maul a 79-year-old man to death in his garden have been jailed for a year.
Hayley Sulley, 30, and Della Woods, 29, both of Liverpool were charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act, after retired hospital porter Clifford Clarke died.
In May 2013, Mr Clarke was “eaten alive” by the dog, which had not been fed for 45 hours, when he opened his back door while he cooked a meal.
The dog also bit the end of a police gun, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Judge Mark Brown said Mr Clarke’s death was “entirely avoidable” and he was “literally eaten alive” as he died in “truly horrific circumstances”.
The pair had left the 5st (31kg) dog, known as Charlie, in their garden without water and shade while they went to a barbecue.
Neighbours reported the animal, a Presa Canario and bull mastiff cross-breed, was foaming at the mouth and one said it appeared to be eating Mr Clarke’s arm.
The court heard the “wild” and “out of control” dog sank its teeth into the 79-year-old’s arm and dragged him around his garden; chewing his one arm off at the elbow and mauling the other.
Neighbour Michael Rankin heard Mr Clarke shout “get off me” and ran out to see the dog “pulling his arm off”, the court was told.
Mr Clarke died from multiple injuries and blood loss.
Judge Brown said Sulley and Woods were fortunate not to have been charged with manslaughter.