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Barrow man jailed for animal cruelty

A HEARTLESS Barrow thug who “terrorised” a two-month-old puppy by throwing and kicking it around a garden has been jailed.

Liam Backhouse, of Rising Side, Barrow, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

District judge Mr Gerald Chalk jailed Backhouse for 80 days, banned him from owning pets for seven years and ordered that the Staffordshire bull terrier, and a snake owned by Backhouse, be seized.

Following the attack, which lasted almost an hour, the puppy – originally named Titan but now called Dudley – was left badly shaken and bruised. But, the court heard, after being treated by vets he made a rapid recovery and is set to be adopted by an RSPCA inspector.

The court was shown a harrowing video, captured by Backhouse’s neighbour on November 19, that showed the 23-year-old throwing the puppy around the garden of his home, trapping his head in the back door and repeatedly kicking him.

The neighbour had heard the dog yelping in distress at around 10.35am and began to film the incident before calling the police.

Mr Steve Marsh, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “During one incident he called the puppy three or four times to come inside but the dog wouldn’t move. He walked over, picked it up and threw it through the air towards the door.

“He tempted the puppy inside and then shouted at it for being there.”

Mr Marsh told the court how Backhouse had thrown the puppy at a concrete step with such force the animal was seen to “bounce” from the surface. He also poured a bottle of water over the dog, causing the animal to run away.

Backhouse, who appeared in court in a grey Nike tracksuit, sat with his head bowed throughout proceedings. When the DVD showing the attack was shown to the court he could be seen to wipe his eyes.

Miss Karen Templeton, defending, told the court Backhouse had been depressed and had a low tolerance and that after spending the morning playing with the puppy it defecated on the carpet.

Backhouse then stepped in the muck which prompted him to attack the dog.

She said: “He offers no excuses for what’s happened, he is clearly upset.

“He said ‘I seriously hate myself for what I have done’.

“He suffers from severe depression.”

Mr Chalk, passing sentence, told Backhouse: “The choice to keep a pet is a matter that is entirely voluntary but, once you choose to, there are obligations towards the animal and they are obvious when it’s a very young animal.

“This is a small puppy that was defenceless. You have shown total disrespect for this animal and have terrorised it.”

Have your say

Depressed? I've suffered with depression for over 20 years and never been cruel to an animal. Vile man.

Posted by Steve Fricker on 7 July 2014 at 10:06

Discusting vile monster. What is the point in 80 days!! He'll be out in 60 days. A total waste of space on this planet! Scum

Posted by Holly on 6 July 2014 at 13:08

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