The Yamanashi District Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 14 months in prison for not properly controlling his dog that mauled a 90-year-old woman to death in Fuefuki on May 1, 2012.
The court heard that the woman, Masaru Kobayashi, was talking with a friend on the sidewalk at about 2:30 p.m. when the 2-year-old Tosa dog, which was being walked by its owner, Shiro Nakazawa, slipped out of its collar, NTV reported.
Prosecutors said that the dog had not been properly attached to its leash at the time of the attack. A witness said the dog jumped at Kobayashi's neck before its owner could restrain it. Kobayashi was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The court heard that police had received complaints in the past about the dog from local residents, NTV reported. The dog is one of three kept by Nakazawa.© Japan Today