A thug has been jailed after his dangerous dog mauled his mother at a New Year's Eve party, tearing part of her ear off.
Ben Hulme, 26, was having a row with Lyndsay Hulme, 54, at their home in Salford, Greater Manchester when his PIT BULL Kia attacked her, causing wounds to her ear, neck, back and thigh.
A court heard that the dog, which Hulme admitted was prone to 'go for' people, is now due to be put down.
Hulme has been jailed for 18 months and banned from keeping pets for two years after he admitted owning a dangerous dog. He was also issued with a restraining order to keep away from his mother.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Kia, a brown-coloured pit bull, often attacked people and barked if they were shouting.
On the night in question, the court heard, Mrs Hulme had confronted her son at the home they shared in Irlam about his binge drinking. As the row intensified Hulme's dog savaged his mother.
She was taken to hospital and has had to undergo surgery for her wounds. However after Hulme was arrested his mother refused to co-operate with officers after giving an initial statement.
The court heard Hulme had 32 convictions for 58 offences. In October 2005 he was convicted at the youth court for assaulting his mother.
Prosecuting, Neil Beckwith said a 'mandatory destruction' of the dog had to be put in place. Kennel costs since the animal was taken in by police had reached £3,416.40, the court heard.
'They were living together in Irlam. In a statement she says he was acting weird, his girlfriend was at the house and she thought it must have been that. She spoke to him and there was an allegation from her that she was assaulted and the dog lost control and began to bite her.
'The lady called the police and they came. The defendant was in the front garden and was described as kicking the fence and picking up pieces of wood. He was arrested and taken to the police station and she was taken to the hospital to be treated.'
He said that Hulme was 'very disruptive' at the police station.
'A police officer had a brief conversation with him where he made a comment to the officer and said "the dog goes for anyone who shouts" he then told him to "get a statement off my bird".
Describing Lyndsay Hulme's injuries, the prosecutor added: 'A plastic surgeon said she was examined and had three small puncture wounds to her thigh, superficial abrasions to her back, two small puncture wounds to the bottom of her neck and skin and cartilage loss of the upper third right ear.'
Defending, Neil Usher described Hulme as a 'troubled young man' who had a difficult relationship with his mother and a 'huge problem with alcohol and also his temper'.
'In the 24 hours before this incident he had been drinking. Had it not been for his drinking it is fair to say that the dog would not have reacted, and if he had better control too. He acknowledges that but he needs some assistance.'
He added that Hulme 'takes a very keen interest in dogs' and had contacted police in the past when Kia attacked his other dog.
'This is not a case of him actively using the dog as a weapon,' Mr Usher added. 'He said that he did try and kick the dog off but his mother says that he didn't. My instructions have always been that he did take action to get the dog off his mum.'
Passing sentence, Recorder Ashley Murray said: 'This offence is so serious that the custody threshold is passed. You will serve 18 months and have a disqualification from owning or possession of a dog for two years.'