A MAN who beat a puppy over a period of “at least three weeks”, causing multiple fractures, has been jailed for 18 weeks and disqualified for life from keeping animals.
In a prosecution brought by the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act, Nasim Hussein Khan, 41, of Scopsley Green, Whitley, pleaded guilty at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to three offences of abusing 12-week-old American bulldog Bonny.
RSPCA inspector Danielle Grimshaw said: “The state this puppy was in when she came to our attention was shocking.
“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 Bonny for five weeks. According to the vet, the oldest of her fractures was at least three weeks old.
She was presented at the vets on August 5 last year and was described as “alert but nervous” and, although 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 Ms 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 Khan 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 been adopted by the person who fostered her.
Ms 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.”