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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Vandals target home of Barrow yob who attacked puppy

A BARROW thug jailed for a sadistic attack on a two-month-old puppy has become a victim of vigilante vandals.

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Liam Backhouse

Liam Backhouse, 23, of Rising Side, Barrow, sparked social media outrage last month when a video released by the RSPCA showed him kicking and throwing Titan the Staffordshire bull terrier around his back garden.

He was jailed for 80 days at Furness Magistrates’ Court on March 4 after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

District judge Mr Gerald Chalk also banned Backhouse from owning animals for seven years and ordered the dog to be seized along with a pet snake.

Shortly after the sentence was passed, an online petition was launched calling for it to be extended.

It was signed by more than 2,000 people from across Furness and the UK with comments describing the sentence as a “disgrace” and a “farce”.

There have now been reports that the windows of Backhouse’s home have been targeted by vandals.

It is also understood that he has received personal threats.

A statement issued by the police said: “We are unable to confirm any threats against an individual, as it could lead to identification of the victim.

“However, we can confirm that we are making inquiries in relation to damaged windows at a property at Rising Side, Barrow.”

Inspector Mike O’Hagan, of Cumbria police, said: “We do not tolerate any threatening behaviour or criminal damage in Barrow, towards any individual, no matter their history or background.

“I would urge anyone with any concerns to contact Cumbria police on 101 or call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Titan, who has since been renamed Dudley, was left badly shaken and bruised by the attack. Dudley has made a rapid recovery and has been rehomed with RSPCA inspector Chris Towling in north Cumbria.

To see a video of the dog attack, go to http://ow.ly/vo218.

Have your say

He deserves everything he gets, if its 'vigilate' reactions that are necessary for people to stop this then so be it

Posted by Kieran on 2 July 2014 at 20:10

maybe it's time the law was changed then, so that judges were able to hand down a much longer sentence. then people would not feel the need to come over all vigilante.

Posted by Jen on 7 April 2014 at 14:47

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