Exning, Suffolk: Craig Curtis

#TheList Craig  Andrew Lee Curtis, born 06/10/1984, formerly of Chapel Street, Newmarket and currently Basildon (NFA) – strung up a Staffy puppy named Bruno by his collar and beat him to death with a baseball bat

Violent drunk and dog killer Craig Curtis, currently believed to be in Basildon, Essex
Violent drunk and dog killer Craig Curtis, currently believed to be in Basildon, Essex

Curtis strung 6mo Bruno from his weightlifting bench after the pup urinated on the floor.

Curtis apparently ‘went ballistic’ and battered the tiny dog with a bat, then put his lifeless body in his freezer before dumping him later in nearby woodland.

A dog-walker found Bruno’s battered body wrapped in blood-stained sheets inside a black bin bag with blood around his nose and mouth and called the RSPCA.

A post mortem revealed the puppy had suffered fractures to his skull and died after being struck around the head with a blunt instrument.

Shockingly tests also revealed that Bruno was alive for a long period while the attack on him took place.

Inspector Richard Lithgoe, who investigated the case, said: “This was easily the most shocking  case of cruelty I have ever seen. This is a horrendously violent man – I was so shocked at how the ferocious and brutal this attack was.

“This poor young dog was victim to a senseless brutality and would have been in an extreme amount of pain. The worst part is he was alive when this attack took place and so would have suffered for a long, lingering, gruesome death.”

Just weeks after attacking Bruno, Curtis stabbed his then partner during a drunken row and was jailed for 32 months in October 2012.

Sentence:  jailed for 18 weeks for cruelty and banned from keeping dogs for life.

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