#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
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.
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.
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.