A Northampton man who caused a puppy unnecessary suffering after he failed to get veterinary treatment for its fractured leg and then added to its pain by using a makeshift splint has been jailed for six months.
Tristian White, aged 32, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he admitted three animal cruelty offences related to his dogs Gucci and Blade.
The court heard police officers visited White’s address in Sladeswell Court, Prior Meadow, Northampton, on June 13 and immediately became concerned about the welfare of Gucci, a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the premises.
Janita Patel, senior prosecutor for the RSPCA, said officers could see that a metal rod had been applied to one of the dog’s legs.
The dog, which was only nine weeks old, was taken to a vet and was found to have suffered a broken leg and head trauma.
Ms Patel said: “The vet concluded that the defendant would have been aware of the injury as he had applied the makeshift splint which had actually added to the dog’s pain and suffering.”
Despite treatment to the leg, a decision was taken to amputate it to save Gucci from further suffering.
When he was interviewed about the dog’s injuries, White said he had put the puppy on a table and heard then heard a ‘bang and a yelp’ and saw her left leg was “swinging”.
White said he had “no money” to take the dog to see a vet. He said he did not notice the head injuries.
The court heard that White’s neighbour had also become concerned about the welfare of another Staffordshire Bull Terrier he owned, called Blade.
The neighbour made a sound recording of a 30 minute incident in which White could be heard swearing at the dog and a series of ‘bangs’ and ‘thuds’ and then Blade could be heard yelping.
The recording was handed over to the RSPCA and, after a vet examined Blade, a large bruise was found on her skull.
White initially denied the animal cruelty charges but pleaded guilty during a trial.
District Judge Tim Daber, sentencing, said the neglect and ill-treatment of the animals was “quite shocking”.
He said: “This is a case of serious neglect due to the severity of the poor dog’s injuries. It must have been obvious the dog needed treatment and was in pain.”
Mr Daber said White had physically abused Blade in a “quite sickening manner.”
White was jailed for 26 weeks and was given a lifetime ban from owning any animal. The RSPCA will also take away a rat called Oreo he owns.
Both of the dogs have been rehomed by the RSPCA.