Coventry: Martin Carter

#TheList Martin Carter, born, c 1986, of Mercers Meadow, Keresley End, Coventry CV7 8RF – stole a dog from Birmingham Dogs Home and cut off his ears to avoid capture

Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his former owner, Martin Carter. He has now been jailed for six months.
Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his callous former owner, Martin Carter.

The court heard that Martin Carter stole the three-year-old Mastiff cross – known as Marley – during a burglary at Birmingham Dogs Home in November 2017.

Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his former owner, Martin Carter. He has now been jailed for six months.
Birmingham Dogs Home never gave up searching for Marley and released stills from CCTV footage in the hope of identifying the thief

Staff at charity never gave up the search for the pooch and after a number of appeals police recovered Marley from an address in Keresley, Coventry.

The court was also told that cruel Carter had arranged for the dog’s ears to be surgically cropped off in an attempt to conceal his identity.

He even had the dog’s microchip surgically removed and replaced with another.

Mastiff cross Marley was stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home by his former owner, Martin Carter. He has now been jailed for six months.
Marley pictured before his ears were cruelly mutilated by his former owner, Martin Carter

Marley had been re-homed to the home by the courts after his previous owner was convicted of using the dog in an attack on a woman earlier that year.

Carter’s court appearance came after a police investigation across the West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands Police regions.

An application by the prosecution for Carter to be disqualified from owning animals again was not granted.

Sentencing: six-month custodial sentence for handling stolen goods and three months for the animal offence – to run concurrently.

Birmingham Mail