Mother and son jailed after boy’s scalp bitten off in XL Bully attack

A mother and son have been jailed after the XL Bully dog they kept at their home savaged a child.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Amanda Young, 49, of Bootle was looking after the dog, Snoop, on 10 February 2024 when an eight-year-old boy came to call.

The XL Bully dog, which is a banned breed, was owned by her son Lewis, 30, who lives with his mother in the flat and was at work at the time. Ms Young was looking after her godson in the flat and the other child had come to play.

But as soon as the child called at the flat, the dog went for him and began attacking him. Ms Young, who admitted she’d had several large gins when the attack happened, couldn’t get the dog off.

Neighbours heard the screams of the child and ran to help. Bottles and other items were thrown at the dog and several people tried to pull the dog off the boy.

Eventually, the dog let go of the child but had already bitten the boy’s scalp off. The boy also had several puncture wounds and there was blood everywhere. The emergency services were called and the boy was taken to hospital.

He was treated and survived but the injuries he sustained are described as “life-changing”. The dog was destroyed at the scene. When Lewis arrived he was spoken to by police. Lewis agreed that it was his dog and said he understood why it had to be destroyed.

He said he’d taken the dog a few months before from a friend and that he kept him in the flat he shared with his mum.

He said that he hadn’t realised that the dog was a banned breed and admitted he had not registered the dog yet. He said he hadn’t had any behaviour problems with the dog but didn’t let him off his lead outside of the flat.

Ms Young was also interviewed and said she had tried to get the dog off the child but couldn’t. She said the dog was normally fine with children. She admitted that she had been drinking in the afternoon.

On 11 March 2024, at Liverpool Crown Court, Lewis Young pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog that caused injury while dangerously out of control in a public place.

Amanda Young pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog that caused injury while dangerously out of control in a public place.

On 13 April 2024, at Liverpool Crown Court, Lewis Young was sentenced to two years imprisonment and Amanda Young was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Eve Johnson, of CPS Mersey Cheshire said, “This was an horrific attack on a young child whose life will never be the same again.

“XL Bully Dogs are banned because they are dangerous. This dog was kept for long periods of time in a small flat and had never, as far as Lewis Young was concerned, undergone any behaviour training at all.

“Lewis claimed he didn’t know the dog was a banned breed and he hadn’t registered it and hadn’t made any attempt to formalise his ownership of the dog.

“This child had simply gone to a neighbour’s house to play and suffered dreadful injuries. That was the result of the actions of Amanda and Lewis Young in failing to make sure the dog they had was a legal breed and could be controlled.

“They have been prosecuted for their crimes but the victim is left with many years ahead where he will struggle with the consequences of what happened that day.”

Image: Merseyside Police

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