#TheList Christopher Bowman Watson, 04/09/1994, of 9 Northbourne Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0HN – used a broom to batter a shih-tzu so badly that she was left with 24 fractures
Watson, who has links to the Hartlepool area, subjected the tiny dog, named Coco, to a violent sustained attack. When found, Coco was emaciated, soaked in urine, found it difficult to walk and was “extremely lucky to be alive” according to a vet’s report. The force of the attacks carried out by the thug were “so savage they were akin to the dog being involved in a road traffic accident”.
A “kindly neighbour” alerted the RSPCA after seeing Coco being beaten. She saw the defendant take a handle of a broom and repeatedly strike the dog on its back with the weighted end. A few days later the same neighbour saw Watson repeatedly kicking the dog. An attempt was made to video this but all that could be seen is the dog apparently being kicked into the air.
RSPCA inspector Aislinn Balderston called at the house but Watson became abusive and threatened violence to the person who had called the RSPCA.
She returned another day with police back-up. Watson ran off but was later found and charged.
Coco was found to have 17 fractures to her pelvis and seven to her ribs. The plucky little dog was housed with a foster family, renamed Maggie, and has made a full recovery.
Yob Watson – a father of two – was sentenced to the jail term despite asking justices for “mercy” and not to send him to prison.
But as he was led away he turned to the RSPCA representative who was sat in court, called her a “rat” and said he would “stamp all over her head”.
Sentence: 18 weeks in prison, banned from keeping animals for life
The Northern Echo