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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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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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