A man who left his puppy “screaming in pain” and pretended it had been hit by a car is likely to face prison.
23 year-old Stefan McCormick is likely to face a custodial sentence after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his four month-old Staffordshire bull terrier puppy. Wirral Magistrates Court heard that the dog’s injuries were consistent with its having been picked up by its legs and swung into a solid object, or that the dog’s legs: “might have been pulled apart with a great deal of force.”
The court heard that the puppy Ty’s injuries were so severe, that it was could not stand while a vet attempted to administer treatment; instead it fell, head-first, into the treatment table, screaming in pain.
Speaking for the Prosecution, Chris Murphy, said: “When the vet moved it, it [the puppy] screamed. She placed the animal on the table and it knuckled over on both its forelimbs and knocked its head on the table.” The vet concluded that Ty was in so much agony, the only option was to put him down.
An expert who assessed Ty’s injuries concluded that he had sustained: “severe blunt force trauma” to his front legs which was consistent with his being: “picked up by the front legs and swung against a solid object.”
McCormick will be sentenced in October and was warned by the chairman of the Magistrates’ bench, Keith Bate, that “All sentencing options, including custody, remain open.”
RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said that he was relieved that McCormick had decided to plead guilty: “This has been a long drawn out investigation, probably one of the most brutal and violent I have ever dealt with as well as my colleagues and the police and the vets involved have all been upset by this case… I’m just hoping now that we can get some closure on the case in a few weeks’ time and hopefully the magistrates do the right thing and sentence Mr McCormick accordingly.”