Elayne Stanley inquiry: Mom-of-three was attacked by American bulldogs after argument together with her daughter

Elayne Stanley

2021-04-07 19:49:00

A mother-of-three died after she was attacked by her American bulldogs following an argument together with her daughter, an inquest has heard.

Elayne Stanley, 44, suffered a number of accidents from canine bites at her house in Widnes, Cheshire on 24 September 2019.

The canines, named DJ and Billy, had beforehand been owned by her companion Paul Leigh and in 2016 court docket orders had been made requiring him to maintain them beneath management.

On the inquest on 7 April at Parr Corridor, Warrington, heard from Miss Stanley’s daughter, Louise Smith, who mentioned the canines lived together with her mom for about three years.

“My mum was pleased with it, she had them round her two kids and my two,” Miss Smith mentioned.

She added that she was unaware of incidents involving the canines in 2016, together with an assault on one other canine that needed to be put to sleep and an incident the place one other canine proprietor was injured.

She additionally mentioned that she did not know if her mom was conscious that Mr Leigh, who was not in attendance, had been convicted beneath the Harmful Canine Act in 2016.

Miss Smith visited her mom’s house on Graham Street after school on 24 September 2019, the place that they had a “heated dialogue”.

She advised the inquest as she went to depart DJ, a male American bulldog crossed with a dogue de Bordeaux, bit her mom on the underside of her leg.

She mentioned she tried to place the opposite canine, Billy, into the kitchen but it surely joined within the assault so she went get assist.

“They had been actually large canines, there was no approach I used to be getting two canines off her,” Miss Smith mentioned.

The court docket heard neighbours threw bricks into the home on the canines and managed to include them within the again backyard of the property, whereas Miss Stanley’s twin daughters, then aged 12, had been in an upstairs bed room.

Miss Stanley was handled on the scene however she couldn’t be saved.

Jason Lennox, lead canine laws officer for Cheshire Police, advised the inquest American bulldogs had been “guarding canines” and will decide up on physique language throughout arguments.

He mentioned: “DJ has interpreted this as a possible downside and has tried to cease any bodily contact.”

Requested by Miss Smith if the canines could have detected she was pregnant, he mentioned: “He could properly have sensed you had been pregnant and will properly have been making an attempt to guard you, or making an attempt to guard you and the child.”

DJ was put down on the scene after two makes an attempt to sedate him had been unsuccessful whereas Billy, a feminine canine, was taken away from the home and later euthanised, Mr Lennox mentioned.

Coroner Peter Sigee mentioned Mr Leigh had been known as to present proof however he didn’t attend.

The inquest heard a transcript of a police interview through which he claimed he was not the proprietor of the canines, though he had admitted proudly owning them throughout court docket proceedings in 2016.

He advised police: “Not as soon as have them canines ever been owned by me, besides once I went into that courtroom.”

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