Man jailed for beating his dog

Blade the dog Credit: RSPCA

A man from Northampton has been jailed for beating his dog.

Tristian White, from Sladeswell Court, Northampton, was found guilty in July of causing unnecessary suffering to his white Staffordshire bull terrier called Blade.

The court heard that sound recordings of White beating Blade were made on a mobile phone by people who heard the attack.

In July he also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a six-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier puppy called Gucci by failing to get her veterinary treatment for a fractured leg, leading her to have her leg amputated.

Yesterday (Mon 5 Oct) at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, White was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison and banned from keeping a dog for life.

The court heard that sound recordings of White beating Blade were made by people who heard the attack. These sound recordings, made on a mobile phone, helped the RSPCA prosecute White.

“Blade had bruising to his head and he would have been very distressed during this attack. Gucci, the puppy, had suffered too as rather than taking her to see a vet when she fractured her leg - which White said had occurred when the puppy fell off a table - he stuck gaffa tape round the puppy’s leg and tried to straighten it using a metal bike tyre lever.

RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood

Blade and Gucci have now both recovered and have been rehomed.