Middlesbrough: John Jason McLellan

#TheList John Jason McLellan, born c. 1979, of Delarden Road, Pallister Park, Middlesbrough – subjected a helpless dog to a  30-minute beating

John Jason McLellan beat Staffy Bam so badly he suffered injuries similar to a road accident
John Jason McLellan beat Staffy Bam so badly he suffered injuries similar to a road accident

Career criminal McLellan, who has previous convictions for heroin dealing, assault and theft, subjected a dog named Bam to such a violent beating that he urinated blood.

14st brute McLellan stuck the boot into Bam after claiming the dog bit his nose. The beating apparently lasted for 30 minutes and was so vicious, a neighbour could hear sickening “continuous thuds and yelping” through the wall.

“This is not an impulsive one-off attack,” claimed the RSPCA, which brought the prosecution. “It was a prolonged attack.

“(Bam) couldn’t sit down and he was very sore.”

A vet claimed the dog’s injuries were consistent with “blunt trauma”, such as a kicking.

The pet dog’s testicles and abdomen were injured in the attack, while bubbles of air could be felt during the check-up.

The attack happened in June 2016 but, four months later, the animal was still receiving veterinary treatment.

McLellan pleaded guilty on Friday 14/10/16 to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

John Jason McLellan beat Staffy Bam so badly he suffered injuries similar to a road accident

Another dog belonging to Bam’s owner, Denise Jaffray, went missing earlier in 2016 and has never been found.

Sentence: 12 weeks’ custody, suspended for 18-months; 30-day rehabilitation order, £500 costs; banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires December 2026)

Northern Echo