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Fatal attack dog's cage 'was too small'

A dog owner whose pet mauled a woman to death has admitted failing to ensure the animal's welfare.

Barbara Williams, 52, was attacked by the Neapolitan mastiff at her south London home in December 2010.

Prosecutors told Croydon Magistrates' Court that the conditions the dog were kept in led in part to her being attacked.

Alex Blackburn-Smith, from Croydon, admitted that he kept his animal, Debo, in a cage too small for the dog.

Nicola Wood, prosecuting, said: "This would mean that Debo would have to keep his head continually hunched over, which would be a very uncomfortable position for the dog to be in."

Blackburn-Smith, 35, was warned he could face a custodial sentence when he is sentenced on 3 January.

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