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A dad who beat a defenceless dog has been jailed

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A dad who beat a defenceless dog in a ‘despicable’ attack has been jailed.

Jamie Lee Wilson, 23, repeatedly punched the pup as it yelped out in pain in the back yard of a house in Salford.

The mother of his children, Chelsea Clayton, 25, who began the attack on the Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Bob, narrowly avoided going straight to prison

The RSPCA began investigating when several neighbours tipped them off regarding dogs being potentially beaten at Clayton’s property on Memorial Road in Walkden.

The local residents had filmed the attacks.

An RSPCA inspector went round and viewed the footage, shown to a district judge in Manchester magistrates’ court, which captured first Clayton hitting a dog in the back yard of her property.

That was followed by a ‘prolonged’ attack by Wilson who, despite the animal being obscured for some it, can be seen grabbing and throwing him around and raising his fists and punching him.

Bob’s ordeal lasted well over a minute and the dog was ‘screaming, crying and clearly in distress’, said Anna McDonald, prosecuting for the RSPCA on Tuesday.

At the end of the footage, Wilson was seen holding up the dog and punching it to the head.

An RSPCA inspector attended with police officers following the incident, on August 17, last year, and seized all the animals at the property for their protection.

Bob was examined, and had a laceration to his lip but no other injuries and no treatment was required.

However, a vet confirmed any animal which has been beaten, causing it to cry as heard on the video, will have been caused to suffer unnecessarily.

Wilson, of Birch Road, Walkden, and Clayton, of Memorial Road in Walkden, were both charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The charges were proved in the pair’s absence at a hearing in February.

Dean Smedley, who was Bob’s owner, was at the property at the time of the attack and ‘failed to do anything to prevent Bob from being beaten and suffering unnecessarily’, the prosecution said.

Smedley, 25, of Willow Tree Court, Eccles, was convicted of two offences of failing to take steps to prevent physical violence to a protected animal and was handed an 18 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, at a separate hearing at Manchester magistrates’ court earlier in May.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from keeping animals for seven years.

Passing sentence on the other two defendants on Tuesday, District Judge Sam Goozee said Wilson’s role was so serious he could only be sent straight to jail.

Wilson was jailed for 14 weeks and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

His legal team have lodged an appeal against his sentence.

Clayton was given an eight week sentence, suspended for a year, disqualified from keeping animals for eight years and was ordered to pay £200 costs.

Judge Goozee told Clayton she only avoided going straight to jail because she had three young children to care for.

The judge added:

In terms of your culpability, I appreciate that both of you have learning difficulties but I must balance that against what was a deliberate and prolonged attack on the dog.

In your case Miss Clayton I accept your involvement is short and your culpability is somewhat lower and that your own vulnerabilities may have been taken advantage of.

Mr Wilson you knew exactly what you were doing. You would have been able to appreciate the screams and yelps of that young dog. In fact Mr Wilson, at one point you stopped, but then continued.

Despite the problems you have you have been clearly assessed by the probation service as knowing the difference between right and wrong.

– District Judge Sam Goozee

Speaking after the case, RSPCA Inspector Vicky MacDonald said:

This was a really shocking case which is reflected by the sentences handed down.

I’m really grateful to the witnesses who came forward to take a stand against this kind of behaviour who, in doing so, enabled us to conduct this investigation, and to the police for the help that I received from them throughout.

– Vicky MacDonald