Clay Cross, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire: Richard Canlin

#TheList Richard Canlin, born 23/08/1978,  at the time of John Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S45 9NQ – battered his dog to death and seriously injured another.

Psychopath Richard Canlin subjected Leyla (top) and Daisy to brutal beatings, eventually killing one and severely injuring the other.
Psychopath Richard Canlin subjected Leyla (top) and Daisy to brutal beatings, eventually killing one and severely injuring the other.

Canlin battered his dogs so ferociously that he tried to cover his cruelty by claiming his dogs had been involved in a road traffic collision.

Canlin initially denied causing the injuries to his two Staffordshire bull terriers and claimed his dogs had been involved in a road traffic accident. But a vet said the injuries had been deliberately inflicted and Canlin later admitted five charges, during a hearing at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on May 1, 2013.

The body of Daisy, a white Staffy, was found in a holdall in Canlin’s cellar in 2012. She had suffered multiple head traumas and fractured ribs. Canlin was also charged with failing to provide veterinary care for an eye injury.

A second dog, Staffy-cross Leyla, was found four months later, cowering at the top of the stairs, suffering from head injuries.

The charges, of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to provide appropriate veterinary treatment, date from April to October 2012.

Brian Orsborn, prosecuting said the dogs had suffered deliberate blows to the head.

RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse added: “This is an extremely horrific and disturbing case and it was horrendous to find the dog stuffed in a holdall and see blood on the floor.”

Felicity Clarke, defending, said Canlin suffered from psychopathic tendencies. She added: “At the age of nine or ten he was in care due to violence in the family and his parents were not able to cope with his behaviour. From that age he had been hearing voices and having blackouts.”

NDET 1-5-13 MC 1'Richard Canlin RSPCA case

Ms Clark went on: “He has the lowest capacity of intelligence. 99 per cent of the population are more intelligent than him.”

Canlin said that he could not remember what had happened to the dogs but accepted he must have caused the injuries.

Sentencing:
Canlin was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.

Derbyshire Times