Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Owner of 'Harry Potter dog' spared jail after the dog mauled woman to death

[ via Mail Online ] 4 Jan

The owner of a ferocious dog that mauled a woman to death after being kept in a tiny cage walked free from court after a judge said his actions did not deserve a jail term.

Hagrid's dog in the Harry Potter Films - pictured with actor Robbie Coltrane [Photo: Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar]

Alex Blackburn-Smith, 34, admitted failing to ensure the welfare of his two-and-a-half-year-old Neapolitan mastiff Debo - likened to a hound from the Harry Potter films - but was told his behaviour had not 'passed the custody threshold'.

The former paratrooper kept the eight-stone beast cooped up in close quarters in the weeks before it mauled 52-year-old Barbara Williams, Croydon Magistrates' Court heard.

Read more: Mail Online

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