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Christopher Watson Jailed for Beating Shih Tzu, Banned from Keeping Animals for Life

| by Denise A Justin

Christopher Watson, 19, was arrested and jailed for repeatedly beating his little dog so badly that X-rays showed 29 fractured bones throughout her body.

Coco, a little Shih Tzu-type dog, was left with a broken pelvis, multiple broken ribs and other fractures and bruising.

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On Sept. 11, the BBC reported that the Hartlepool magistrates court heard how the “savage” attack left the tiny animal in a condition comparable to having been hit by a car. Hartlepool is a town in northeast England.

Watson was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail and banned from keeping animals for life.

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“This dog had suffered such appalling injuries it is harrowing to hear the details,” RSPCA inspector Aislinn Balderston told the court.

“For someone to do something so savage to a small dog who couldn’t possibly have protected herself is disgusting,” he stated. “She would have suffered terrible pain and fear.”

Watson was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by subjecting it to physical violence and causing unnecessary suffering by failing to call a vet and not feeding the animal properly.

Coco, who has been renamed Maggie, is recovering well and is now “playful and affectionate,” the RSPCA reports.

Source: BBC