Two bullmastiff puppies which were part of a pack of five dogs who mauled and bit a man during a vicious attack in his Kent flat are to die.
Their owner had launched a last-ditch appeal to save the lives of her beloved pets after magistrates ordered their destruction in January.It's now August. Why does this all take so damn long?
Armed police had to storm the flat in Vicarage Hill and all five dogs - a bitch and four males then aged 14 months - were seized by the RSPCA.14 months is some odd kind on 'puppy'...
Ordering that the bullmastiffs be destroyed, Judge David Griffith-Jones QC, sitting with two magistrates, said there were no realistic controls that could be put in place to protect the public.Quite rightly.
Mrs Mongan, a carer, told Kent Live earlier this week the two-year-old dogs are like her "babies" and had been spooked by a fire which destroyed her own home days before.
"I love those dogs. Even Steve doesn't want them destroyed and he is coming to court with me on that day to say it was an accident," she said.Hmmm, really? Seems Steve sang a rather different tune in court!
In a statement read out at the appeal, Mr Morris said the dogs became boisterous when they tried to mount the female. They attacked him as he tried to break them up. He also claimed one had bitten him previously.
"Sharpei and Boxer were the instigators. They were the ones that did the most damage. They kept coming back for more. They were both dragging me," said Mr Morris.
"I can remember screaming. I have never screamed so loud. I was on the floor. I was trying to protect my face with my arms. All of them were trying to attack me. They are dangerous dogs and Sharpei has bitten me before. They were all together acting as a pack."Yup, seems Steve does indeed want his pound of flesh, and who could blame him?
Ms Mongan, of St Saviour's Road, Croydon, had suggested keeping the dogs separate and muzzled. She had been staying at Mr Morris's flat after a fire destroyed her then home in Catford, south east London.I can't help but think this might be an even more intriguing story if we only delved a bit...
The court heard it was not possible to say which dogs inflicted the injuries or whether any behaviour by Mr Morris had triggered the attack. Ms Mongan has been told the three dogs that can be returned to her must, however, be housed separately.Who'd want to live next door to that particular ticking timebomb?