A man who punched and kicked a 10-month-old puppy and left it with multiple injuries including a broken skull has been jailed.
The catalogue of suffering black crossbreed terrier Bella was subjected to by Joseph Eames, aged 20, was described by an RSPCA officer as ‘one of the worst cases of outright cruelty’ she had ever seen.
Bella suffered two broken legs, broken ribs and a broken skull in a series of attacks while Eames was living in Poplar Avenue, Goldthorpe.
Following the case at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court, RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “This is one of the worst cases of outright cruelty that I have dealt with in my career so far.
“This poor dog has been caused a great deal of pain and suffering over a long period of time.
“The RSPCA always applies for a disqualification in such cases and in this case I am happy that the sentence reflects Mr Eames’ crimes.
“Thankfully Bella is now in a loving new home and is fully recovered.”
She also said that Eames, who suffers from epilepsy, told the RSPCA during his interview that he blacked out and could not remember causing the injuries between July and October 2013.
District Judge John Foster said: “You caused serious injury and undoubted pain to the animal that was in your care and violence of this sort towards an animal gives rise to a custodial sentence.”
Eames, now of Clayfield Road, Mexborough, was locked up for 12 weeks and disqualified from owning or controlling an animal for life. He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at an earlier hearing.