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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Petition demands tougher jail term for ‘scum’ Barrow puppy beater

A PETITION has been launched calling for the jail term given to a dog beater to be extended.

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second chance Above: Dudley the Staffordshire bull terrier puppy has found a new home with RSPCA inspector Chris Towler after his cruel treatment at the hands of Liam Backhouse, left. More than 2,000 people are supporting a petition to have Backhouse’s 80-day jail sentence increased MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50060260B003/

More than 2,000 people from across Furness and the UK have signed up to demand that Liam Backhouse’s 80-day sentence be increased.

Comments on the website, set up by Melissa Benson from Barrow, range from “Disgrace. A sentence needs to be handed that matches the crime” and “the judicial system in this country is a farce” to “he should be banned for life from keeping animals” and “this scumbag has got away very lightly.”

The majority of people who have signed up are local but people from Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield have also expressed their disgust.

Furness Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday how 23-year-old Backhouse threw and kicked a puppy around the garden of his home in Rising Side, Barrow.

He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

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.

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

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.

After treatment, Dudley has made a rapid recovery and is set to be adopted by RSPCA inspector Chris Towling who works in north Cumbria.

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