#TheList Martin Doyle, born 02/01/1984, previously of Blackfriars Road, Salford, and more recently (2020) Ger Y Mor, Station Road, Pensarn, Abergele LL22 7SX – filmed tormenting a terrified dog whose mouth has been tied shut with belt.
Heartbreaking CCTV footage shows black and white bull terrier Morley, whose mouth has been tied shut, being taunted with food bowls before being drenched with dirty water by his evil owner, Martin Doyle.
The distressing clip shows the despairing dog sitting obediently while his jaw is clamped together with a fabric belt.
Doyle is seen coming out of his flat onto the balcony with a mop and bucket – and then throws the dirty water all over the dog’s head.
He was found guilty of three counts of failing to meet the needs of an animal.
David McCormick, prosecuting the case on behalf of the RSPCA said animal welfare officers had been alerted to the treatment of the dog and visited on several occasions.
He said during one visit in June 2015 the dog was “clearly very hungry” and devoured the food offered to him. .
Mr McCormick added: “CCTV of the property showed the dog tied to a balcony with its mouth taped shut. Footage was taken to a vets and it was concluded the dog’s needs were not being met.”
The dog was not given clean drinking water, no comfortable resting place and was not in a place safe from injury.
Mr McCormick added: “Morley was not able to drink the water provided because of the material around the muzzle.”
The vet also stated that at that time of year in the hot weather, the dog would not have be able to regulate its body temperature by panting.
Morley was taken to a rehoming centre.
When asked by animal welfare case workers about the treatment he said Morley was ‘a f****d up dog’, and had put the belt around his mouth because he had urinated and defecated in the flat.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said the dog had been tormented and punished.
Doyle was found guilty of three counts of failing to meet needs of an animal and given a community order.
Speaking after the case, she said; “It is clear that this dog has been subjected to regular periods of torment from its owner as the dog sits as still as possible to avoid being punished.
“The psychological impact this has had on the dog is clear from the footage. It is deeply disturbing to see someone treat an animal in this manner and this behaviour is totally unacceptable.”
Sentencing: four-month community order and curfew. Ordered to pay costs of £600 and a victim surcharge of £60. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expires May 2021).