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Brother Of Dog Attack Victim Clifford Clarke Calls For Tougher Control Laws

27/05/2013 20:58 BST | Updated 27/05/2013 21:01 BST
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The "heartbroken" family of a pensioner killed after being attacked by a dog have called for tough new laws for owners.

The brother of Clifford Clarke urged people to back tougher laws on dog owners.

Clifford Clarke, 79, was in the garden of his home in Clubmoor, Liverpool, when he was mauled by an "out of control" dog on Saturday evening.

Two local women, aged 28 and 27, were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act - having an out of control dog.

They are now on bail pending further police inquiries. The breed of the dog, shot dead by police marksmen, is not yet known, pending tests.

On Monday, the brother of Mr Clarke paid tribute to him and also backed calls for new laws to control dogs after a spate of attacks in recent months.

Kenny Clarke, 70, said: "Cliff was a very easy-going man.

"He did his own thing and made a point about helping others.

"He loved his local pub - the Farmer's Arms - and had many old friends of his there who will miss him dearly.

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Clifford Clarke (back), with his brother Kenny

"He did not deserve this, so please put your support behind new laws for dog owners because you would not like any of your loved ones to have this happen to them.

"Our family are heartbroken."

Merseyside Police said their investigation into the death of Mr Clarke at his home on Richard Kelly Close is still ongoing and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Officers were called shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday and found Mr Clarke lying on the ground with the animal nearby.

An armed unit was called in to shoot the dog.

A friend of Mr Clarke suggested he could have been attacked because the dog could smell the food he was cooking for his dinner.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said a post-mortem examination showed Mr Clarke died from "multiple injuries consistent with a dog attack".

The two women initially held by police are on bail on condition they do not enter Richard Kelly Close or Richard Kelly Drive, do not own any dog and do not communicate with any prosecution witness.

A national debate about the law around dangerous dogs and dog attacks was sparked two months ago after a 14-year-old girl was savaged to death by a pack of dogs at a house in Greater Manchester.

Jade Anderson was attacked by up to five dogs at a house she was visiting in Chaucer Grove, Atherton near Wigan.

The animals were shot by police.