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Owner of killer dog admits cruelty

Thursday, 8th December 2011

A man faces jail and will never be able to buy pet food for an animal again after admitting to being cruel to his killer dog.

Barbara Williams, 52, died after the Neapolitan Mastiff attacked her in her home at the end of last year.

Alex Blackburn-Smith pleaded guilty to the charge of not ensuring the dogs welfare at Croydon Magistrates’ Court. Ms Williams had been lodging at the defendants house at the time.

It was revealed that the dog, Debo, was kept in a cage that was six inches shorter than it.

Nicola Wood, Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, said: “The circumstances in which the Neapolitan Mastiff was kept has led, the Crown say, in part, to the incident in which she was attacked by the dog. He was being kept in a cage too small for him.”

According to, police fought the animal with riot shields and shot it five times. Four policemen were needed to carry the animal away.

Mr Blackburn-Smith will be sentenced at Croydon Magistrates Court on January 3rd.