Lucille Downer, 85, who had dementia, was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: West Midlands Police)
Two dogs who killed a great-grandmother in a vicious attack in her own garden have been ‘humanely destroyed’.
Lucille Downer, 85, suffered multiple injuries after the dogs slipped through a hole in her garden fence and attacked her.
She was pronounced dead at the scene in Rowley Regis, Birmingham, on Friday. Both dogs were tranquillised and taken to a nearby kennels.
Police say ownership of the dogs – who neighbours say looked like pit bulls – was voluntarily transferred to them and they were put down as they could ‘never be rehomed’.
The dogs’ owner, a 43-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, causing death. He has been released on conditional bail pending further inquiries.
Neighbours revealed Ms Downer, who had dementia, was looking forward to a reunion with her family next week.
The small gathering for her birthday had reportedly been organised to take place in the garden.
One neighbour told The Sun: ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking and the family are in pieces.
The animals were tranquilised and ‘humanely destroyed’ (Picture: SnapperSK)
The animals had escaped a neighbouring property through a hole in the fence (Picture: PA)
‘They’d planned to be together next week and have a little celebration in the garden if the weather was nice with cake and some party food.
‘Now they are having to plan a funeral. Nobody can believe or comprehend what’s happened.’
In a statement, the victim’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.
Police said the dogs were put down as they could ‘never be rehomed’ (Picture: SWNS)
Flowers left outside the house in Rowley Regis (Picture: PA)
‘Since arriving in the UK, Rowley Regis has always been her home and her family will miss her dearly.’
West Midlands Police said: ‘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.’
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