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New start for puppy slammed against wall by owner

Charlie, a black labrador, was left with six broken ribs after the attack in Bracknell last August. Photo:

A puppy that was 'slammed' against a wall by its owner has made a remarkable recovery and has found a new permanent home.

Charlie, a black labrador, was left with six broken ribs after the attack in Bracknell last August. A swollen face and bloodshot eyes also suggested he'd been strangled.

Joe Easter, 27, from Bracknell, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his dog. He was sentenced to a two-year community order and fined £2,692 - the second largest fine ever issued by that court. He was also disqualified from keeping pets for 10 years.

Easter was investigated by the police after a call from a member of the public.

"We were contacted late at night on 26 August last year by an anonymous source who claimed Mr Easter had been seen slamming his puppy against a wall in the communal area of the block of flats he lived in. When my colleague attended the address and asked to see the dog she was concerned for him as he appeared to be struggling to breathe and took him straight to a vet."

– RSPCA inspector Sharon Crisp

Easter initially claimed Charlie had got caught in the door accidentally but later admitted, in interview, that he had lost his temper and there had been an incident, although he refused to go into detail.

Charlie was 12 weeks old when he was seized by police and placed into the RSPCA's care. It took him several months to heal and he was placed in foster care while the case went through the courts.

Now Natasha Clarke, the RSPCA staff member who is fostering Charlie in Surrey, has decided to adopt him.

We just fell in love with him. He is so intelligent, entertaining and fun. He's still a bit wary of certain people in the dark and he doesn't really like people going near his ribs, but overall he's recovered amazingly well.

– Natasha Clarke, RSPCA staff
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