A dog owner who reportedly “tortured his dogs daily” was jailed and banned from owning dogs during his lifetime after beating his pet Staffordshire bull terrier so brutally that the dog lost an eye and was left permanently disabled.
Jack Carling, an unemployed, cruel 19 year old who already “has several previous convictions for violence,” received three months in jail after he pleaded guilty to continually beating the terrified dog, Biggie, leaving the gentle creature permanently disabled from repeated injuries.
Carling “tortured” Biggie and his other dog, Sophie, who appeared to be a Pit Bull mix, on a daily basis at his home in Hull, East Yorkshire, England, according to a witness who lived with him, the Daily Mail reports.
In a saga of heartbreaking abuse of the two helpless and terrified animals, the Mail describes how Biggie and Sophie lived in fear of their owner, according to his roommate, Troy Allen. Allen said Carling never let either of the dogs out of the house.
Prosecutor Philip Brown stated, “Troy said Jack would get angry with the dogs. He witnessed him beating the dogs. He said they would get into the smallest of spaces to hide from him [Carling]."
“He said he would beat them every day. He didn't let them out. They would just stay on the sofa--scared.'
The veterinarians who examined and treated Biggie concluded that all of his injuries were caused by “malicious trauma,” according to the Daily Mail.'
District Judge Frederick Rutherford said, “This dog has been subjected to such torture...It is rare that I have seen a dog subjected to such acts over such a long period of time survive. The dog has been left disabled as a direct consequence.”
The judge told Carling, “You have shown complete arrogance in the manner you have behaved towards the animal and those investigating this case.”
Prosecutor Brown contended in court, “Vets said there was evidence of a self-healed fracture to [Biggie's] leg and a fracture to the hip. There was also an injury to an eye, which required it to be removed.
'He was also suffering a nasal discharge, which was treated with antibiotics but kept returning. It was causing such concern that vets decided to carry out an invasive, intensive operation to open up the nasal cavity.'
During the operation, veterinarians noticed that part of Biggie's skull was ten times thicker than it should be. “There was also damage to cartilage and tissue, which they concluded was also the result of trauma,” Prosecutor Brown declared.
Brown said: 'He was caused immense physical suffering by the repeated malicious trauma inflicted on him. He has experienced daily fear, wondering what would happen to him next. He is disabled for life.”
The court heard from investigators that the dogs were also kept in “wholly unsuitable” living conditions, with the floor covered in urine and excrement, the Daily Mail reports.
When RSPCA inspector Hannah Bryer began investigating the case, she said Carling told her he “didn't care” what she said and that she could not do anything about it.
Carling willingly pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering, failing to prevent suffering from injury or disease and failing to provide a suitable living environment for the dogs, authorities said. (He was shown smiling in a photo in the Daily Mail report.)
Judge Rutherford said: 'It is rare that I have seen a dog subjected to such acts over such a long period to of time to survive. The dog has been left disabled as a direct consequence."
"You have shown complete arrogance in the manner you have behaved towards the animal and those investigating this case," he added.
Carling was jailed for three months at Hull Crown Court and banned from keeping animals for life.
Biggie and Sophie were seized by the RSPCA on January 7 and since then Biggie has shown amazing improvement. He is now romping and playing and obviously enjoying the opportunity to not live in fear. A veterinarian who treated him described Biggie at the hearing as a “lovely natured dog.”
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website, under the Animal Welfare Act the maximum fine for animal cruelty and welfare offenses is £20,000 (currently just over $31000 in USD,) and the maximum term of imprisonment is six months.
The RSPCA will now try to rehome Biggie and Sophie
Source: Daily Mail