LINCOLNSHIRE ENGLAND - TINA CLIFT SAYS HER SON'S STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER THAT HAD BEEN LIVING WITH HER FOUR YEARS WAS "HANGING OFF HER" WHEN IT "WENT PIT" IN A LIFE-ALTERING MAULING IN JANUARY
A mother was airlifted to hospital after a savage attack by her son's dog.
Tina Clift was home alone when she was mauled by STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER, TYSON, which bit her several times at her house in Pinchbeck near Spalding on Tuesday, January 10.
The canine bit the back of her knee leaving her with a puncture wound, before biting her armpit and forearm.
Ms Clift described the dog as 'hanging off her', in a submission read out at Lincoln Magistrates' Court.
Catherine McGarva, representing Lincolnshire Police, said: "In her statement she said she was screaming for help and the pain was indescribable.
"She was scared that she was going to die in her back garden."
She was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, after she was discovered by her neighbours.
Ms Clift's injuries required double-layer stitching and she suffered muscle loss as a result of the attack.
Her son, Sam Clift, was in Peterborough with friends at the time, but was in shock when he returned home and found out what had happened.
The dog, which had been living at the house in Brownlow Crescent for four years, was handed over to Lincolnshire Police which placed him in kennels before Mr Clift signed the dog over to the force in April.
As a result of the savage attack which magistrates said will leave Ms Clift 'scarred for life', an order for the destruction of the dog was granted to the police on Thursday, May 11.
Sam Clift, 31, who lives with his mother, was ordered to pay £250 towards the £850 kennel costs incurred by the force.