#TheList Craig Andrew Lee Curtis, born 06/10/1984, formerly of Chapel Street, Newmarket and as at December 2019 of 7 Dawes Lane, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8HJ – strung up a Staffy puppy named Bruno by his collar and beat him to death with a baseball bat
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.