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Barrow man jailed for cruelty to his puppy

Dudley the young Staffordshire bull terrier was subjected to repeated violence Credit: RSPCA

A man from Barrow in Furness has been given an 80 day prison sentence and been banned from keeping animals for 7 years after being caught on camera beating a puppy.

"Shocking" footage filmed by a neighbour shows Dudley a young Staffordshire bull terrier being repeatedly picked up and thrown across a garden, bounced off a concreted step and having his head trapped in a door.

23 year old Liam Backhouse from Rising Side pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy by the infliction of physical and mental abuse, blunt force trauma and rough handling.

District judge Gerald Chalk ordered that the Staffordshire bull terrier and a snake owned by Backhouse be seized.

Passing sentence, he told Backhouse: 'The choice to keep a pet is a matter that is entirely voluntary but, once you choose, there are obligations towards the animal and they are obvious when it’s a very young animal

'This is a small puppy that was defenceless. You have shown total disrespect for this animal and have terrorised it.'

The puppy originally called Titan has been renamed Dudley has been in foster care with the RSPCA and has found a new loving home.

Dudley with new owner Chris towler Credit: Amy Welch, ITV Granada Reports
Dudley now recovering with an RSPCA officer Credit: Amy Welch, ITV Granada Reports

Video: Man jailed for kicking cat to death in Tameside (Warning some viewers may find the footage upsetting !)

A drunken reveller has been jailed for 18 weeks after he kicked to death a cat that had been run over by a car.

Anthony Delaney, 30, approached the black and white male cat in the road in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, and sized the animal up before he crossed himself and then booted it in the air.

CCTV footage of the incident last September in Queen's Road also captured Delaney launching a second follow-up kick.

The cat, whose owner was not found, died from his injuries.

Tameside magistrates also banned Delaney, of Mossley in Greater Manchester, from keeping animals for five years.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing unnecessary suffering.


Never leave dogs in warm cars warn RSPCA

Dog in car Credit: PA

The RSPCA is warning people never to leave dogs in cars during warm weather.

A two year old Rottweiler-cross died in a hot car outside her owner's home in Bury at the weekend.

The animal charity warn the temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 47 degrees within an hour even if it is just 22 degrees outside.

Windermere geese population under spotlight

You may remember the row last year over proposals to cull two hundred Canada Geese on Windermere.

It was postponed and now the two sides are working together on a plan to manage the problem.

The RSPCA who were opposed to killing the birds and Rangers from the national park have joined forces.

This week, hundreds of the geese were ringed in an attempt to track their movements.

Samantha Parker reports.

Convictions for animal cruelty soar

by Elaine Willcox

The number of people being convicted of abusing animals in Greater Manchester has soared in the last year.

The RSPCA says it's dealt with a shocking catologue of cruelty and neglect, but is stressing it is prosecuting more offenders.

In one case two dogs were starved and left on waste ground to die.

The charity is urging judges to take offences against animals far more seriously.

Search for owner who shot dog

The RSPCA is seeking the owner of a dog which is "lucky to be alive" after it was repeatedly shot with an airgun in Lancashire.

The one-year-old brindle-coloured lurcher was left riddled with 17 pellets, suffering a fractured leg and punctured lung.

It was found on Tuesday evening near Old Pepper Lane in Standish after a dog walker heard a bark and followed a trail of blood in the snow.

"So far we've found no owner or witnesses. This poor dog was in a really bad way, and is lucky to be alive.

"I suspect he had been held or confined when being shot, as if a dog had been shot once or twice they would run away. However, this dog has been shot at least 17 times.

"The injuries were fresh when he was found, so they must have been inflicted some time at the start of the week."

– RSPCA inspector Claire Roberts

The lurcher was wearing an old blue collar with a blue and white speckled bandana wrapped around it.

It was rushed to an on-call vet and is now being cared for at a veterinary surgery in Standish.

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