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Jail for Horrific Animal Abuse

08 May 2014

UK - A man who repeatedly kicked and burned his Staffordshire bull terrier with cigarettes has been sent to jail for four months.

Barry Garside-Neville, was given a lifetime ban on owning animals and sentenced to 12-weeks imprisonment.

Staffordshire bull terrier, ruby, rspca
Ruby, pictured with cigarette burns, inflicted by Barry Garside-Neville.
Copyright: RSPCA

He was found guilty of failing to protect his Staffy, Ruby, from pain, injury, suffering and disease as well as subjecting her to physical trauma.

Garside-Neville, who now lives in the Norfolk area, was also given an eight-week sentence for breaching an existing community order.

Intimidate her until she wet herself

On Thursday (1 May) St Albans Magistrates Court heard how Ruby would often be seen cowering away from Garside-Neville. Witnesses described how they had seen the 29-year-old man intimidate her until she wet herself.

They also described how he picked her up, threw her, kicked her and held her in the air while blowing down her nose.

As well as physically abusing and tormenting Ruby, Garside-Neville left her bad skin condition untreated by vets.

Left with not just physical scars

After the sentencing RSPCA Inspector Rachel Smith described how Ruby would cower away from Garside-Neville when in his company.

She said: “It is unbelievable someone could inflict such pain and suffering on an animal.

“This poor little dog has been left with not just the physical scars of her abuse but also the mental ones. Whenever she meets someone new she will sit and shake for about five minutes until she decides you are ok and will not harm her. Once she has relaxed then she is a delightful dog who is very friendly and loves to play.

“Ruby has been with a foster family for a while and she is doing so much better. She is still affected by her experiences.

“It is only thanks to the police and members of the public that came forward and were witnesses in the case that we were able to bring this matter to court and we are very grateful.”

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