A grandson will stand trial accused of owning an out-of-control American bulldog after his 64-year-old grandmother was allegedly mauled to death in her own home.
Craig Greve, 23, has been charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act less than three days after grandmother Rhona’s death in Cardiff.
He faced magistrates today and pleaded not guilty to two offences – owning a dog when he was banned from doing so and allowing it to be out of control.
He was remanded in custody until April 7 when he will appear at Cardiff Crown Court, WalesOnline reported.
The dog, named in reports as Solo, is said to have gone out of control and attacked Rhona Greve at around 10pm on Friday night.
Officers were called to a house in the western suburb of Ely shortly after 10pm to reports a woman had been hurt.
Despite attempts by police and paramedics to save the victim, she later died at the University Hospital of Wales after suffering injuries to her neck and face.
More than 20 people sat in the public gallery as the case was opened at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Ely councillor Susan Goddard said: “This is a terrible tragedy. It’s just too awful to comprehend being savaged by a dog. It’s terrible.”
The house where the incident happened was taped off as police hunted for evidence.
Superintendent Andy Valentine of South Wales Police’s Eastern division said: “This is tragic incident, which I know will shock and upset the local community.
“The woman’s family are understandably extremely distressed and are being supported by specially trained police officers.
“I would like to reassure local residents that this is an isolated incident and a thorough police investigation into what happened on Friday is being conducted.
“I would also like to thank the local community for their support and co-operation during the investigation so far.”
A 17-year-old boy who was also arrested in connection with the incident is on police bail pending further enquiries.
People are not banned from owning American bulldogs like they are with pitbull terriers or Japanese tosas.
The breed is muscular, powerful, stocky and stubborn – but dog-lovers say American bulldogs are also loyal, reliable and brave.