Owners of muscly 8st ‘Beast’ jailed after dog mauled 10-year-old boy to death
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The owners of an 8st muscle-clad dog that mauled 10-year-old Jack Lis to death have been sentenced over the death of the youngster.
Amy Salter, 28, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment and Brandon Hayden, 19, has been sentenced to a total of four years and six months detention in a young offenders' institution.
The pair had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court last month.
Salter had admitted to being a person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control which resulted in an injury causing the death of 10-year-old Jack.
Hayden pleaded guilty to the court of being the owner of the dog that killed Jack as well as five offences of owning a dog dangerously out of control.
Salter and Hayden had both appeared at court in May last month where they spoke only to confirm their names and to enter their pleas.
The eight-stone pitbull dubbed 'Beast' was shot to death by police who had to fire seven rounds into the dog which attacked defenceless youngster Jack.
Paramedics and police who arrived at the scene are said to have had to pull Beast off of Jack, who had succumbed to his injuries and tragically died at the scene.
It had been reported by Daily Star that the owners of the terrifying beast were trying to get rid of the canine amid fears that it would attack.
Hayden had written on Facebook in the hopes of ridding himself of the dog on a bulldog Facebook page claiming the pitbull-style animal was "great with people" but "unfortunately does not like other dogs".
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Speaking at the time of Jack's death, his family said: "We are absolutely heartbroken. Our lives will never be the same without Jack. This is not something any parent should ever have to be writing.
"We have so many words we want to say about our beautiful boy but they do not seem enough."
Witnesses taking the stand today recounted prior incidents with Beast, where the dog had been seen to maul a neighbouring Jack Russell, lunged at a woman trying to pet the dog and a man who was injured and bitten as he was passing by.
It was heard also that Beast had lunged at children before the tragic death of Jack, with CCTV footage played of the dog lunging towards children and barking at passers-by.
The dog had been described as "muscular," with officers firing seven bullets into the dog in an upstairs bedroom of the property.
Judge Michael Fitton QC suspended both defendants from owning or keeping a dog indefinitely and that Jack's death was an "utterly tragic and needless event" that "should never have happened and need never have happened."
Fitton, addressing Salter said it was "utterly irresponsible" for her to agree to have the dog at her home, and said Hayden had made inadequate efforts to control the dog.
Judge Fitton added: "The impact of your actions, irresponsibility, and thoughtlessness will live with the family of Jack forever and will way heavily on your conscience for the rest of your life."
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