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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Barrow man sent to prison over cruel attack that cost puppy its leg

THE owner of a “defenceless” puppy who injured it so severely its leg was amputated has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Andrew Mark Wilson, of Schooner Street, Barrow Island, threw the Staffordshire bull terrier pup, named Georgie, against a chair with such force the impact left it with a broken femur, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Wilson, aged 49, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard he admitted becoming angry after the pup left faeces on the floor of his home on January 13. After the incident, Wilson gave the dog paracetamol and attempted to plaster its injured leg himself before a friend took it to the vet.

Vet Kate Hornby, of Grove Veterinary Centre, Rawlinson Street, found the pup had breathing difficulties and an X-ray revealed the extent of the damage.

Mr Steven March, prosecuting, said allegations were made that Georgie had been kicked, and the RSPCA was informed. Wilson admitted the offence in interview.

RSPCA inspector, Will Lamping said the dog’s injuries were so severe it had been considered whether to put it down.

It was only thanks to the Barrow branch of the RSPCA, which raised £2,500 for his treatment, that Georgie was able to receive the necessary treatment, although the damage to his femur was so severe his leg could not be saved.

Mr Andrew Gibson, defending, said Wilson had shown remorse for his actions. He said: “His friend tells me he cried all day and he admitted the puppy was ‘defenceless’, in his own words.”

Mr Gibson said Wilson had several mental issues.

Presiding magistrate, Sharon Gillam banned Wilson from owning any animal indefinitely, with a minimum of 10 years before the order can be reviewed.

She said: “We are satisfied this offence is so serious a custodial sentence is justified.”

Insp Lamping said: “We hope the custodial sentence will send out a message to anyone that deliberate cruelty to animals is not tolerated in the UK and will be prosecuted.”

Georgie has now been rehomed and Insp Lamping added: “He is doing well on his three legs.”

Have your say

WE need a owners license not a dog license £150 witch can be removed as well as granted with a course to enshewar the dog is well cared for and the owner pikes up the poo and works it with a massif fine with a prison sentence if the owner dose not have one, just like a gun license as some of them do fairer poo every were. lol

Posted by adrian hughes on 8 May 2014 at 16:18

12 weeks is not long enough!! This poor puppy has been left with a life long disability - the punishment definitely doesn't refelect this. Good luck to Georgie, I hope he has a long and happy life :-)

Posted by Animal Lover on 8 May 2014 at 13:38

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