Dogs that mauled great-gran to death in her own garden put down, police confirm

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Two dogs that mauled an 85-year-old great-grandmother to death in her own back garden on Good Friday have been put down, the police have confirmed.

The tragedy happened in the back garden of Lucille Downer's home in Boundary Avenue, Rowley Regis, at around 3.20pm on Good Friday, April 2.

And on Sunday afternoon, a West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed: :The ownership of the dogs was voluntarily transferred to police.

"Following specialist advice it was established the dogs could never be rehomed due to the violent act and should be humanely destroyed.

"This has happened although further analysis will take place to determine what breed they were."

In a statement released on Saturday evening, Lucille's family said: "Lucille was a mother, grandmother and great- grandmother who spent her working years as a cook at Bromford House Care Home in West Bromwich.

"Lucille was born in Jamaica and emigrated to the UK in her early 20s. Since arriving in the UK, Rowley Regis has always been her home and her family will miss her dearly."

Floral tributes were left at the scene of a dog attack in the West Midlands.

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Several bouquets were placed on the victim's drive in Boundary Avenue, Rowley Regis, with one displaying the message "RIP Nan".

The property remained sealed off on Saturday morning following the Good Friday incident and a large police van was parked outside the house.

West Midlands Police were alerted after the woman, who was in her 80s, was found in a garden suffering from serious injuries on Friday afternoon.

"It's so tragic," a resident told BlackCountryLive. "I can't believe someone could have been killed that way.

"Never really knew her but she always looked sweet.

"It is usually a sleepy street but yesterday it was chaos – so scary this could happen."

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A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

He has since been bailed pending further enquiries after being questioned by police.

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