Staffordshire bull terrier Butch gets execution reprieve
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Corpse-eating Staffordshire bull terrier gets execution reprieve

A dog sentenced to death after eating his owner's body has been given a stay of execution after a judge granted a judicial review.

Staffordshire bull terrier Butch was labelled "dangerous" by Merseyside Police after it was found eating the corpse in 2015.

Officers said the 10-year-old dog, who had been trapped in the Liverpool flat for several days, presented a danger.

But a dog charity said Butch "did what was natural" and should be rehomed.

Judge Nigel Bird has now ordered a review of the seizure order and fairness of the court hearing.

  • 10 Jan 2017