#TheList Kieren Luke Milledge, born 17/08/1994, previously from Chelmsford but as of January 2018 living in Swanage Road, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5HY – subjected an elderly Staffy to a prolonged violent attack on a train, causing the dog to lose control of his bowels
The dog, known as Ronnie, was attacked on a train between Braintree and Witham on October 10, 2016, and staff were forced to cancel the service after they discovered the poor dog’s excrement on the seats and walls of a train carriage.
The dog died three days later after appearing to choke and was buried by members of the family who were unaware of the attack.
The dog’s body was recovered but no post-mortem was carried out.
CCTV cameras captured the Staffordshire bull terrier being abused by Milledge at about 10.30pm.
The footage showed Milledge viciously attacking the dog by hanging him by his lead and then swinging him against the train wall.
The dog was then placed on a seat while Milledge pushed his foot against the dog’s face.
Lesley Chips, prosecuting, said: “The CCTV shows he was beating the dog with his hands, knees and feet.
“He was completely lifting the dog off the floor by his neck and he was losing consciousness as he was flung around the room.
“He was pushing his foot against the dog’s head and pulling the lead, which appears to be a choke chain.
“This was a continued and brutal attack.
“He smashed the dog into the side of the wall of the carriage. Other members of the public were on-board, one said they could hear him calling the dog by the c-word.
“This man should not be allowed to have an animal for an indefinite period.”
In a statement released after the sentence, PETA UK director Elisa Allen said: “Anyone who is capable of this level of violence is clearly missing an empathy chip and poses a serious risk both to humans and animals.
“Although Essex will be a safer place while Mr Milledge is behind bars, it’s imperative that, in addition to being imprisoned and kept away from animals, he be required to undergo mandatory counselling.
“His psychological issues must be addressed.”
Sentence: jailed for 21 weeks for the animal cruelty offence, eight weeks for breaching a suspended sentence order and six months for possession of a bladed weapon; £150 victim surcharge; indefinite ban on owning animals.