Dog’s life of cruelty leads to jail for 27-year-old man

A 27-year-old man has been jailed after he was convicted of cruelty to an animal in Newmarket.

Jack Green, of Sycamore Avenue, in Huddersfield, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates court on Wednesday, June 24, and was given a custodial sentence 12 weeks. He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation and has been disqualified for five years from years owning/keeping an animals. It also prohibits him from control or influence the way in which they are kept.

It follows a catalogue of incidents where a female Patterjack X Dachshund called Pippin (pictured above) was subjected to a life of cruelty at the hands of Green between January 18, 2019, and May 2, 2019.

Pippin was five months old when she was discovered by police outside an address in Newmarket on May 1, 2019. At the time, she was sporting a white bandage on her right foreleg and Green claimed that she may have fallen from a vehicle. He said that he took her to the vets who told him to treat the injury himself, therefore placing a makeshift bandage on her leg with the use of duct tape and a toilet roll holder.

Officers were not happy with her injury, treatment and his explanation so they seized Pippin and sought immediate veterinary attention.  The vet established that her right foreleg showed a severe leg injury that would require some intensive treatment.

In the autumn Green was charged at magistrates court with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and pleaded guilty to this charge.

Pippin was rehomed having initially being placed into the care of the RSPCA and attended a vet every two days for three months so she could have her bandages changed. Following her rehoming, Pippin continues to learn to interact with her new family and other animals.

Pc Victoria McNamara said: “As a Wildlife Crime Officer for Suffolk Police, I have a specific interest in animal welfare. Animals of all kinds are often hidden victims of crime and animal abuse can be a gateway to other offences being committed, it is wholly unacceptable to cause suffering to any animal and we will investigate and prosecute those offenders, bringing them to justice.

“In the case of Pippin, she was a little puppy who had for the first few months of her life suffered cruelty at the hands of her owner. She was not in the best condition, she weighed 3.1kg and was on pain relief for quite a few weeks due to her fractured leg. Over the last few months with correct care, adequate nutrition and lots of love, Pippin has flourished.

“Alongside A/PS Rebecca Webster, the rural crime unit and colleagues at West Yorkshire police roads policing unit in making the arrest we have all made a difference to the life of a puppy.  Coupled with the expertise of Criminal Justice Unit Case Management Officer Jo Foley, it really has been a team effort in bringing the defendant to justice over his actions against this little dog.”

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