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John Paul Massey killed by his uncle's pit bull

John Paul Massey killed by his uncle's pit bull

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Killer dog "returned by police" - Liverpool court claim



Uncle of boy mauled to death by pit bull terrier jailed Christian Foulkes sentenced to four months in prison after admitting breeding dangerous dog



John Paul Massey was killed November 30, 2009
Killer dog "returned by police" - Liverpool court claim



Uncle of boy mauled to death by pit bull terrier jailed Christian Foulkes sentenced to four months in prison after admitting breeding dangerous dog



John Paul Massey was killed November 30, 2009

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Devastated mum fights for John Paul's Law
By Stephen White 30/11/2010A mum whose son was killed by a family pet is campaigning for tougher animal laws.John Paul Massey, four, died from horrific injuries after pitbull Unosavaged him. Speaking on the first anniversary of his death,
mumAngela McGlynn called for it to be compulsory for dogs to bemuzzled around kids under 12.
Angela, 40, said: "No one takes the warnings seriously. John Paulwas the fifth child in three years to be killed by a family pet."John Paul was at his gran's house in Wavertree, Liverpool, when hewas attacked. Uno's owner, Ange-la's brother Christian Foulkes, 21,got four months' jail after admitting possessing a dangerous dog.Angela says none of them had any idea Uno was an illegal breedRead more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/11/30/devastated-mum-fights-for-john-paul-s-law-115875-22751265/#ixzz16uArJLSd
John Paul Massey mum's anger as Government scraps danger dogs crackdown
Jul 26 2010 by Luke Traynor, Liverpool Echo
THE mum of a four-year-old boy mauled to death by a pitbull today spoke of her anger after thegovernment scrapped a crackdown on dangerous dogs.Before the general election Labour promised to fit every dog with a £30 microchip to allow wardensto trace and destroy illegal breeds.It was a proposal demanded by the ECHO’S Biteback Campaign, launched after the death of five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson in St Helens in 2007.The idea was backed by Angela McGlynn, mum of John Paul Massey – killed by his uncle’s pitbullin Wavertree.Today she expressed her astonishment at the decision, and the 39-year-old said: “I feel like crying.
A dog is a dog.
People need to understand what dogs are capable of doing.“The statistics are horrifying about attacks on children by dogs in Liverpool.“There was a law in place when John Paul died
which failed to protect him.
Much more needs to be done.
I was a big supporter of microchipping dogs, especially when they were playing nearchildren.
 
“It’s difficult to always know if a dog is dangerous, so people need to be protected and feel safe.“My own campaign can’t do it on its own. We need help from the people in power.”Speaking this week, environment minister James Paice appeared to rule out any new laws over dangerous dogs.He said: “Our view is that, as with licensing, the people whom we are trying to address would notdo it.“One could argue that dogs found without a microchip would be destroyed, but we would end upwith the serious problem of having to destroy a large number of dogs.“Again, the majority would be paying for the sins of the minority.John Paul was staying overnight at his gran's house at Ash Grove at the end of November when hisuncle’s illegal pitbull terrier attacked him.He suffered head and neck injuries and later died.Under the micro-chipping plan, every dog would have an implant with their name, breed, age andhealth record, along with their owner's address and phone number.The details would be stored on a national database, that town halls could tap into. Any owner failingto chip, would be fined or have their dog confiscated.
Liverpool grandmother of savaged boy sentenced for owning illegal dog
01 Jul 2010
The grandmother of a four-year-old mauled to death by an illegal pitbull has been handed an 18month suspended sentence and banned from owning a dog for life at Liverpool Magistrates Court.Helen Foulkes, 63, had pleaded guilty to possessing the illegal pitbull terrier that killed her grandson John-Paul Massey.Tragic John-Paul was savaged to death at Foulkes' home in Ash Grove, Wavertree on 30th November last year.During the savage attack by the illegal Amercian pitbull named "Uno", Helen Foulkes sufferedinjuries to her arm as she fought off the "extremely powerful" mastiff.The two-year-old dog was owned by her son Christian Foulkes, 22, who was last month jailed for four months for owning a dangerous dog.Foulkes, 63, appeared before the court to be sentenced under the Dangerous Dogs Act of owning a prohibited dog.Dressed in black trousers and a black jumper, Foulkes struggled for breath as she spoke only toconfirm her name and address during the 15-minute hearing in the oak panelled Number 1 Court atDale Street.
 
Mrs Julie Parr, prosecuting, opened by discounting claims heard at a previous hearing that theillegal Amercian pitbull was brought back to the family by police after roaming around as a straymonths before the attack.Mrs Julie Parr said: "In relation to the mitigation that
Merseyside Police
returned the dog to thefamily address in Ash Grove, police have conducted a thorough investigation in Liverpool Southand have found no reports of a dog being returned to the family address."The investigation was conducted by DS Hampson and the Crown Prosecution Service believe thisto be an innaccurate mitigation."Defence solicitor, Laurence Lee, accepted that there would be no further reference to the mitigation.Lee told the court: "You see before you a totally broken lady."I also want to mention Angela [Foulkes' daughter] who has not only lost her son but is petrified of losing her mother who has to live with the nightmare of what happened that night."I appreciate you need to send a message to people who own dangerous dogs but it wouldn't satisfythe needs of justice one iota to send this woman to prison."As the probation service debated the possibility of community service, Lee raised Helen Foulkes' illhealth, who suffers from a heart condition.He said: "Mrs Foulkes' medical reports should be taken into consideration when passing sentence."Passing sentence, District Judge Ian Lomax said: "This case is an extreme example of what adangerous dog can do when kept as a domestic pet."I don't need to remind you of the consequences, which was the unfortunate death of your grandsonwhich you will have to live with for the rest of your life."I've got to make the seriousness of this case clear and send a message to people who owndangerous dogs."But there is no benefit served to the public by giving a custodial sentence so I sentence you to four months, suspended for 18 months."I also impose a prohibited activity requirement, the breach of which would activate your custodialsentence. You are prohibited from owning or keeping dogs in the future. This is a life time ban."Mrs Foulkes was also ordered to pay £105 court costs.A frail Mrs Foulkes spoke only to respond that she understood the terms of her sentence.Outside the courtroom, a tearful Mrs Foulkes hugged family members, including her daughter Angela McGlynn, John Paul Massey's mother.Speaking outside the court, Mr Lee said: "It was the right result."It was the perfect balance between sending a message to the public and considering Mrs Foulkes'

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