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    Pensioner dies after being killed by a dog in his own kitchen

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 28 May 2013
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    Cliff Clarke, 79, died after a dog entered his kitchen attracted to the smell of cooked.

    The retired pensioner had been cooking meat and it was thought that this is what attracted the dog to enter the home. Later on it was killed by armed police.

    Two women who are aged 27 and 28 who are believed to have owned the dog have been arrested and where being held on suspicion of an offence under the Dangerous dogs act. They have been released on bail and one condition is that they are now not allowed to own any dogs.

    Susan Carson, a close friend, said: “I spoke to him on my mobile telephone just minutes before it happened.”

    “He rang me to say he was up and about and cooking a lamb shank for his dinner. He said it was hot in the kitchen with the oven and the sunshine, and that he had opened the back door to let the steam out.

    “I can only think the dog might have gone for him because it sniffed the lamb cooking. He had been complaining to me about the dogs only the day before and said he was going to make a report to the police about the nuisance. He was annoyed about them barking at all hours of the day and night. He said the women left the house empty with the dogs roaming in the garden.

    “He said they could attack somebody and was worried that the biggest dog had been trying to escape and made a hole in the fence that it could get through.”

    A police officer from the Merseyside force said “Officers found [the] body of the man in the garden and were confronted by a dog that was out of control. Armed officers were called to the scene and the dog was destroyed.”

    Mr Clarke was a former national serviceman and had lived in his house for his whole life. Only last Friday had he celebrated his 79th birthday with friends at a pub.

    It is said that the dog appeared to be a Staffordshire and bull terrier cross breed however this has not yet been confirmed by police. The two women, it was believed, moved into the house last year and would come and go leaving the two terriers with a small dog on their own in their garden.

    This only increases pressures on the Government to change laws. Only in March, a 14 year old girl was mauled to death in Greater Manchester. Jade Anderson was killed when she was eating a meat pie that one of the dogs went towards.

    The family have called for tougher laws on dogs and call what happened to Mr Clarke unacceptable.

    His brother commented that "He did not deserve this, so please put your support behind new laws for dog owners because you would not like any of your loved ones to have this happen to them.

    "Our family is heartbroken."

     

     

    Source: Telegraph

    Photo: Wikimedia

     

     

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