#TheList David Owen, born 20/10/1977, of Cole Street, Netherton, Dudley DY2 9PA – sliced his pet dog’s throat with a carving knife during an argument with his partner
Staffordshire bull terrier Lexi was held by her muzzle as her owner David Owen took a smooth-bladed carving knife and sliced her throat. It left a deep wound which would have been fatal had the blade gone just one millimetre deeper. Instead Lexi was left with the injury for four days, which had been hastily bandaged up, before the RSPCA was made aware.
Owen had also sliced at Lexi’s left ear leaving the tip hanging off.
Owen was found guilty in his absence of causing unnecessary suffering to Lexi, in a case brought by the RSPCA.
Amazingly Lexi has since made an excellent recovery and has now been rehomed to a loving new family.
RSPCA Inspector Steve Morrall said: “It really is amazing that Lexi has made such a fantastic recovery. The injury she had was serious but against the odds she pulled through. If the knife had gone just a tiny bit deeper I would have turned up at Owen’s house to find a dog who had bled to death.
“Instead, despite being severely injured and in a bad way, we managed to get her veterinary help in the nick of time.
“Thankfully she survived this horrific ordeal and I’m so pleased that she has been adopted into a very loving family who dote on her.
“It is difficult to imagine how terrified she would have been and how much pain and suffering she went through because of this callous act of violence.
“The most important thing now is that she has been given a second chance at life.”
Sentencing: Five months in jail. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.
#TheList Joanne Hosking, born c. 1977, of 12 Joannies Avenue, St Ives TR26 2FT – punched Jack Russell terrier Edie and slammed her onto a patio; she and husband Christopher Hosking, born c. 1973, admitted failing to provide veterinary care for the injured dog
Joanne Hosking was caught on camera punching and slamming the 12mo terrier down onto a concrete patio – because the dog had split her coffee in the garden.
Hosking and husband Christopher also admitted failing to provide veterinary care.
Veterinary evidence revealed that Edie suffered a dislocated hip for seven days and would have been in great pain. She later needed an operation to remove part of the joint.
RSPCA Inspector Paul Kempson said: ‘The number of times that I’ve had to sit through that video and watch it, when I see that little 12- month-old innocent dog being picked up to shoulder height and slammed down onto concrete paving slabs twice and hearing the thud as she makes contact – it actually turns my stomach every time I see it.’
The court was told Edie had been re-homed with a veterinary nurse and had now recovered.
Sentencing: Joanne Hosking – jailed for 18 weeks. Christopher Hosking – electronically tagged and put under a curfew Both – £1,450 costs. Banned from keeping animals for life
#TheList Gail Gartshore, born c. 1969, of Farm Road, Hamilton ML3 – left her elderly dog suffering with large tumour
Gartshore pleaded guilty to failing to seek advice from a vet for her dog Paddy’s multiple health issues including a large growth on his head.
Emma Sergeant, Scottish SPCA inspector, said: “Paddy had a large facial tumour which covered a significant section of his head.
“There was a complete disregard for any basic grooming as his coat was matted to the point that he had extreme difficulty walking and couldn’t even see.
“Paddy’s body condition was so striking and distinct to the point that any dog owner should have recognised the urgent need for veterinary attention.
“Sadly, as Paddy’s condition had developed into such a state, the decision was made, by a veterinary professional, that the kindest thing was to put him to sleep.
“We welcome the fact that Gartshore has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down. We hope she will give serious consideration about her suitability to care for other animals in the future.”
Sentencing: £220 fine. Three-year ban on keeping animals.