#TheList Joe Bucktrout, born 11/07/1998, of Lumley Avenue, Castleford WF10 5LX – subjected his pet dog to a campaign of systematic abuse, causing her to suffer multiple fractures and cigarette burns
Joe Bucktrout was jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to the dog – a Staffy named Sasha – including broken bones and cigarette burns.
Bucktrout initially denied the charges but changed his plea to guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.
He also changed a plea to guilty for failing to get veterinary treatment to the dog.
RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid said: “We attended the address after we were passed a number of recordings taken over a four-day period where Bucktrout can be heard shouting at Sasha, there are loud bangs and Sasha is screaming.
“Sasha had sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including the dislocation of both hips – her left hip was out when we rescued her, which hadn’t had any veterinary attention, and she was operated on in RSPCA care.
“She also had three fractured ribs that were in the process of healing and severe and obvious scarring to her head, consistent, according to the veterinary expert, with burns most likely caused by cigarettes.
“In interview, Bucktrout said that the first hip dislocation was due to an accident in the garden where a mattress had fallen on Sasha, and that he thought the second dislocation had happened when she was recovering from an operation to repair the first and fell down the stairs.
“However, the veterinary expert said that couldn’t be true and concluded that he believed the injuries were caused by intentional and repeated violence against her, which Bucktrout went on to admit in court.”
Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA and has been happily rehomed.
Sentencing: 18 weeks for the physical abuse and 10 weeks for failing to get veterinary treatment – to run concurrently. Bucktrout is to spend a minimum of nine weeks in custody allowing for good behaviour and then supervision on licence. He was ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Five-year ban on keeping animals (unconfirmed).
Bucktrout’s former girlfriend, Victoria-Louise Chamberlain (aka Victoria-Louise Robinson – pictured here with Bucktrout), born 06/09/1999, of Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford WF10 5TD was convicted in absence of two animal cruelty offences.
On Tuesday 3 December 2019, she was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for life. See here for more information.