TWO dogs which escaped and killed a Rowley Regis great-grandmother in her own back garden have been put down.

Lucille Downer, aged 85, was attacked by the dogs which got into her back garden in Boundary Avenue through a hole in the fence at around 3.20pm on Good Friday (April 2).

They were tranquilised after the attack and seized by police.

Police have since confirmed they have been put to sleep and that the breed has not yet been identified.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “The ownership of the dogs was voluntarily transferred to police.

“Following specialist advice it was established the dogs could never be rehomed due to the violent act and should be humanely destroyed.

“This has happened, although further analysis will take place to determine what breed they were.”

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A 43-year-old neighbour of Mrs Downer was arrested after the attack on suspicion of being the owner of dogs dangerously out of control.

He has since been bailed pending further enquiries. A police spokesman confirmed today (Tuesday April 6) that he remains out on bail. 

A statement issued by Mrs Downer's family said: "Lucille was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who spent her working years as a cook at Bromford House Care Home in West Bromwich.

"Lucille was born in Jamaica and emigrated to the UK in her early 20s.

"Since arriving in the UK, Rowley Regis has always been her home and her family will miss her dearly."

Floral tributes have been left at the scene, with one displaying the message "RIP Nan".

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West Midlands Police continue to investigate the circumstances and anyone with information who has not spoken to officers already, is urged to get in contact via Live Chat or 101 quoting log 2501 of 2/4/21.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at