#TheList Kalson George Abbey, born 28/09/1972, most recent known address Devon Close, Macclesfield SK10 3HB – subjected his dog to regular beatings over three months before she was rescued by a posse of neighbours
Former soldier Kalson Abbey repeatedly whipped six-month-old Northern Inuit Mishka with a braided strap in a series of “punishment” beatings because she kept soiling his carpet.
His aggressive yells of “bad dog” and the terrified yelps of pain from the animal so distressed neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lived that in a dramatic rescue mission they confronted Abbey on his doorstep and forced him to hand over his pet.
They took Mishka to the RSPCA, whose vets discovered savage bruising on her body.
Jobless Abbey denied causing unnecessary suffering and claimed he was the victim of a “vendetta”. But he was convicted after four neighbours gave evidence.
One nearby resident who asked not to be named said yesterday: “Abbey is nothing but a cowardly bully. That dog is only tiny and a fraction of his size. It’s no wonder the neighbours had to step in to rescue her.”
The court heard Abbey had fed and walked Mishka regularly but routinely gave her severe beatings and on one occasion was seen holding the dog off the ground by dangling her from a lead around her neck.
A policeman and an RSPCA officer took Mishka into kennels after her rescue. There, a vet discovered she was suffering from “very extensive bruising and superficial lacerations with one area consistent with an injury from a braided strap or similar object”.
Prosecutor Claire Aldridge said even Abbey’s ex-girlfriend complained about his behaviour and produced a video on her iPhone in which he is heard shouting “bad dog Mishka, bad dog Mishka”.
Miss Aldridge added: “The defendant is an angry man who beats his dog and an incident caused several neighbours to attend his home.
“They acted out of concern for a puppy they felt was in need of rescuing. He inflicted repeated emotional and physical trauma. Even a healthy dog can be an abused dog.”
Abbey’s defence lawyer John Gallagher said his client had two prolapsed discs and could not have harmed the dog. He added: “My instructions are that he intends to appeal.”
But bench chairman Shelagh Mayer said: “The offence occurred over a prolonged period of time and we believe that the act was committed with intent and there was injury.’’
RSPCA officer Emma Timmis said: “We are very happy that he has been given a ban and thankfully Mishka is not going back to him.”
Sentencing: six-week custodial sentence suspended for two years. Ordered to pay £250 towards the £5,000 costs of the prosecution and Mishka’s kennel feels. Banned from keeping any animal for five years (expired March 2018).