A man from Dewsbury who beat a puppy causing multiple fractures, has been jailed for 18 weeks.
Nasim Hussein Khan of Scopsley Green, Whitley appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday 16 February).
He pleaded guilty to three offences under the Animal Welfare Act* in a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Danielle Grimshaw said: “The state this puppy was in when she came to our attention was shocking - her injuries were obvious to anyone looking at her.
“She had a fractured pelvis, spine, rib and foot and a swollen head which, in veterinary opinion, was the result of a skull fracture, though this did not show up on x-rays.
“Khan had her for five weeks. According to the vet, the oldest of her fractures was at least three weeks old.”
When ‘Bonny’, as she was called then, was presented at the vets on 5 August last year, she was described as ‘alert but nervous’ and though she could walk she was reluctant to, and was wobbly on her back legs. Vets gave her pain management, cage-rest and closely monitored her for seven days before allowing her to go to a foster home, where she had to be on cage rest for another five weeks.
“This puppy was violently and repeatedly beaten,” said inspector Grimshaw.
As well as the custodial sentence and life disqualification, Khan was also ordered to pay £400 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
In mitigation, the court heard that he was going through a difficult time due to troubles in his personal life.
Bonny, now renamed ‘Daphne’, was signed over at a previous hearing and has now been adopted by the person who fostered her.
RSPCA inspector Grimshaw said: “Amazingly she has recovered really well.
“Her owner describes her as a really friendly dog and trusting of everyone. She loves playing in the woods and sleeping on the bed with her dog friend ‘Ty’.
“She sometimes limps after exercise and continues to be on a supplement to manage that, but considering what happened to her, I’m really happy to say she’s doing great.”