South London man denies dangerous dog charges

A man has denied charges relating to the possession of a pit bull terrier under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Alex Blackburn-Smith also denies two charges under the Animal Welfare Act for failing to care adequately for the pit bull and a Neapolitan mastiff dog.

Mr Blackburn-Smith, 34, of Wallington, south London, will stand trial before Croydon magistrates on 16 September.

He was charged following an inquiry into the death of Barbara Williams, 52, who died after being mauled by a dog.

Banned dogs

Mr Blackburn-Smith was charged under the Animal Welfare Act in relation to the Neapolitan mastiff when he appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court. He remains on bail.

Miss Williams suffered a severe haemorrhage to her head and neck and died at home in Demesne Road, Wallington, on 23 December 2010 when she was attacked by a Neapolitan mastiff.

The dog was shot dead by police marksmen and a puppy was removed from the property.

No-one has been charged in relation to the death.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans the breeding and sale or exchange of four kinds of dog - pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosas, the Dogo Argentinos, and the Fila Brasileiros.

Cross-breeds of those dogs are covered by the law.

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