Kim Edmonds, 21, is facing a jail sentence for slashing and burning her two Springer Spaniels in a horrific attack. Stig, 14 years old, had 31cuts plus burns to his head, nose and body. Dan (pictured) incurred a number of lesser injuries during the vicious maiming of the helpless pets before Edmonds cut herself and called police, telling them she and the dogs were victims of an intruder.
The savage mutilation of Stig left him with lacerations and burns which an RSPCA inspector called the ‘worst attack’ she had ever seen, reports the Daily Mail.
The unemployed woman in Staffordshire, U.K. was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs on Friday and, pending a psychiatric report, may face a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
The court was told that Edmonds had been taking medication for depression when she slashed the 14-year-old Spaniel and her other dog, Dan, in her back yard in September 2011.
She then made an emergency call to Staffordshire Police, claiming an intruder wearing a ski mask covering his face had broken into her backyard and attacked her and the dogs. During investigations, police found that Edmonds’ injuries were self-inflicted and they referred the case to the RSPCA.
Detective Gary Madeley from Burslem Police Station described the shocking scene, saying, ‘It was like an abattoir. There was blood all over the living room and the kitchen,” according to This is Staffordshire. No weapon was identified or recovered, police reported.
‘Edmonds' demeanor, considering the report and her dog had been mutilated, was calm,” he said. Veterinarian Carole Bain, who attended the animals at the scene said, “I was shocked by what I saw.”
‘I told her (Edmonds) Stig would need a lengthy operation and she asked if he would need a skin graft and demonstrated by pinching the skin on his head. It was unusual as I have never known an owner to show such calmness,” Bain added.
Stig needed a four hour operation and a week to recover at a vet clinic. Dan also required surgery for the numerous slashes to his head.
The court heard testimony that the nature of Stig’s injuries suggest he had been held down during a prolonged attack, according to the report.
Jayne Bashford, deputy chief inspector of the RSPCA said: ‘Kim is a very dangerous lady and the injuries suffered by the dogs were totally horrendous. In order to inflict 31 separate wounds on this animal, it would have had to be a lengthy, sustained attack,” she stated.
“Every person involved has been severely affected by what they saw. It’s caused people a lot of distress,” Bashford testified.
Edmonds said she unsuccessfully tried to contact a neighbor before calling her husband Brian Edmonds who works in the Pets At Home distribution centre, one of the U.K.’s largest pet supply chain stores. He said, ‘She was extremely distressed saying that the dog had been attacked and she was on the verge of hysteria.’
Edmonds was convicted of one charge of the Section 4 Animal Welfare Act 2006 in the Stoke-on-Trent magistrates’ court. A psychiatric evaluation ordered by the court is pending. Judge Taylor said, “I don’t know if a prison sentence is right or not. It’s a serious offense that needs the right course of action.”
The only good news is that both Stig and Dan have been re-homed together, according to the report.