Women jailed after neighbor was killed and "literally eaten alive" by their starving dog

The dog was so hungry it tried to eat a rifle after being shot by police officers.
By Matt Bradwell   |   June 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM
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LIVERPOOL, England, June 5 (UPI) -- Two women are behind bars after pleading guilty in the death of their neighbor who was "literally eaten alive" by their starving dog.

Hayley Sulley, 30, and Della Woods, 29, had not fed their presa canario crossbreed Charlie when he wandered into the kitchen of 79-year-old Clifford Clarke and mauled him to death. According to court documents, Clarke's remains were so badly mauled one of his arms was completely removed and the other was hanging by mutilated strands of muscle tissue.

"Mr. Clarke suffered a horrific death and you have taken away from his family the love and companionship he would have provided," Judge Mark Brown, who presided over the case, told reporters. "I am satisfied this dreadful and forceful attack on Mr. Clarke was entirely avoidable."

"Hayley Sulley and Della Woods were both responsible for the dog's welfare and behavior on that fateful day. Their failure to make sure the dog was cared for and under control has led to a man's death and they must now come to terms with that. Our thoughts are with the family of Mr. Clarke at this sad time."

Both Sulley and Woods will spend a year in prison. Neither is allowed to own a dog again.

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