Women jailed for a year over fatal dog attack

Two women have been sentenced to a year in prison after starving their savage dog for so long it attacked and killed an elderly man by tearing off his arm and eating it. The pair pleaded guilty last month to an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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Victim's brother expresses sympathy for jailed women

The brother of Clifford Clarke, 79, who was mauled to death by his neighbours' mistreated dog, expressed sympathy for the two women who were jailed over the attack today.

Speaking outside court, Kenny Clarke told reporters he had been talking to the parents of Hayley Sulley, 30 and Della Woods, 29, and said that the women's children would now be "left without a mother" after the pair were handed 12-month jail terms.

Judge: New dog laws do not apply in pensioner case

Judge Mark Brown, sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, said the recent changes to the law that increased the maximum sentence for people who allowed a dog to carry out a fatal attack on a person do not apply to this case.

The tougher penalties, which mean dog owners can face 14 years in prison, were brought into force last month but Sulley and Woods' offences predate that ruling.

The judge can only sentence in this case according to the old guidelines and not retrospectively.

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Two women sentenced to a year in jail over dog attack

Two women who admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a dog before it savaged their elderly neighbour to death outside his home have both been sentenced to a year in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.

Hayley Sulley, 30 and Della Woods, 29, pleaded guilty last month to an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act of allowing a dog to enter a place where it was not allowed to be and where it injured a person.

The pair also admitted three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

Women to be sentenced over dog attack death

Two women will be sentenced today after their dog savaged a pensioner to death in his own garden.

Clifford Clarke, 79, was attacked in his garden in Liverpool. Credit: PA

Retired hospital porter Clifford Clarke, 79, was attacked by the Presa Canario dog when he opened his back door as he cooked a meal at his home in Liverpool in May last year.

Neighbours had reported seeing the dog behaving dangerously and one of them called the police when he heard screaming coming from Mr Clarke's house. He was pronounced dead shortly after the attack in hospital.

Tests showed that the dog, which was shot dead at the scene by armed police, had not been fed or watered adequately for several hours before the attack.

Hayley Sulley, 30 and Della Woods, 29, pleaded guilty last month to an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act of allowing a dog to enter a place where it was not allowed to be and where it injured a person.

The pair also admitted three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

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