Men who don’t deserve to own a dog after their despicable behavior
Courts in Merseyside have heard a number of cases focusing on the appalling mistreatment of pets in recent months.
Some have centered around sad stories of exploitation by unlicensed breeders trying to monetize demand for puppies.
In addition to being kept in shocking living conditions, other lawsuits have seen dogs attacked by owners – or their relatives.
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After a number of serious cases recently, here is a look back at some cases that show those involved do not deserve the privilege or do not own a dog.
The man beat his dog and then abandoned him
Chris McCormick hit his Jack Russell called Charlie on the head and then dumped his body outside his Birkenhead home.
Police found the beaten dog while she was at the home of the 49-year-old man on another matter and called the RSPCA.
McCormick told inspectors during his interview that Charlie bit his hand, so he pushed him off the sofa.
He claimed the dog “seemed to be fine” afterwards, but the next day he found him dead with blood coming from his mouth.
But a postmortem examination revealed that Charlie suffered a blunt trauma to the head and a subsequent injury that resulted in his death.
The animal had a fractured skull and had suffered a head trauma.
Veterinarian Sean Taylor said Charlie would not have died immediately from the first trauma and said the injuries corresponded to “physical abuse in the home environment”.
In a statement, he said: “In my opinion, the evidence in this case indicates that the dog suffered a head injury, after which he remained conscious and able to suffer allowing him to swallow the blood which had been. caused by this injury.
“This injury was then followed by another injury to the left side of his head which left him unconscious and died shortly after.”
In March at Wirral Magistrates’ Court, McCormick, of Harrowby Road, was jailed for 16 weeks.
He was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years after admitting to being accused of causing unnecessary suffering to his pet.
Boyfriend stabbed dog who growled at him
Joshua Edge stabbed a dog because he started growling at him while he was rowing with his partner.
He took a kitchen knife and slashed nine-year-old West Highland Terrier Alfie on the neck when he started barking.
The 27-year-old had previously hit his then partner on the head with gym equipment and would later hit her in the face.
He appeared in Liverpool Magistrates’ Court in January after admitting the offenses before a trial.
Edge, who is homeless, but formerly from Wavertree, had 16 previous convictions for 28 offenses.
The court heard that Alfie had been taken to an emergency vet but has since recovered.
Edge admitted offenses of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, criminal damage, three counts of assault by beating and one count of possession of cannabis.
He was jailed for 25 weeks and was banned from keeping dogs for life.
Teenage girl threw her daughter’s puppy to the ground
Leon Robinson attacked his daughter’s puppy after buying it for Christmas.
He was filmed walking over to his ex’s mother and screaming before going inside, picking up the dog and throwing him to the ground.
The 18-year-old broke a non-assault order when he came home with an offensive weapon and was jailed for 22 weeks as a result.
But he was back in Liverpool Magistrates’ Court last week after the RSPCA brought a separate charge for causing the puppy unnecessary suffering.
Peter Mitchell, prosecuting, said Robinson had a relationship with a woman that ended in September 2020.
He said Robinson had “bought their daughter a puppy named Kyro” for Christmas.
Robinson visited the house on February 5, 2021 and was “really angry” and said he was “going to kick the dog”.
Mr Mitchell said: “He picked up the puppy, lifted it over his head and threw it to the ground with force.”
He said the dog was taken to an animal hospital in Manchester and a veterinarian said there was “no sign of lesions or bruises” and “no abnormalities”, but showed signs of signs of pain when his leg was lifted.
The vet said the puppy was said to have been in fear, distress and pain as a result of the incident.
Mr Mitchell said that despite his previous conviction it was “felt that it was in the public interest to uphold this conviction” because “the animals should be protected from this accused in the future”.
Robinson, of Bell Lane, Sutton Manor, St Helens, a solicitor causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Judge Bench President Stanley Golding said: “We know you were sentenced to 22 weeks in prison and this incident was part of those 22 weeks.”
Robinson was given a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £ 200 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 95.
He was also ordered to perform 80 hours of unpaid labor and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
The breeder kept the dogs in crates
James Haydon sold two sick puppies to a couple on Facebook, one of which was so bad he had to be shot.
He sold the Cane Corso pair of dogs for a total of £ 1,800, but after picking them up their new owners realized they were sick.
One puppy was underweight, weighing just 1.9 kilograms when it should have weighed between eight and nine kilograms.
The RSPCA then went to the 22-year-old’s home in Netherton, where officers found 11 dogs and puppies kept in crates where they did not have access to fresh water.
One dog was kept in a crate so small that he couldn’t even turn around and others were walking in feces.
The matter was reported to the RSPCA, who interviewed Haydon, who “generally played down the matter” but accepted some responsibility.
The animal charity said it had tried on several occasions to tell him about the animal welfare advisories he had received.
Haydon, now from Island Road, Reading, has admitted two counts of causing unnecessary animal suffering on September 26, 2019, one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal between February 1 and the February 5, 2020, and two counts of failing to provide for the needs of the animals were met between August 15 and September 26, 2019 and February 5, 2020, respectively.
Magistrate President Stanley Golding said the suffering has continued and the offenses have been made worse by his previous convictions.
Earlier this month, Haydon was given a 12-week suspended sentence for one year and was ordered to complete 30 rehab activity requirements and a reflective skills program.
He has to pay £ 250 in fees and a victim fine surcharge of £ 122 and has been banned from keeping animals for five years.
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