West Yorkshire man jailed for severely injuring dog in violent attacks

A man has been jailed and banned from keeping animals for life after he violently attacked a dog, causing severe injuries.

Saturday, 30th November 2019, 6:00 am
A man has been jailed after he violently attacked dog Sasha (Photo: RSPCA)

Sasha was found with both hips dislocated, three rib fractures and scarring on her head consistent with cigarette burns.

Joe Bucktrout, of Mickle Court, Temple Street in Castleford, admitted two offences under the Animal Welfare Act before Leeds Magistrates' Court on Friday, November 22.

The 21-year-old was found to have repeatedly and intentionally attacked Sasha and failed to take her to the vets.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Sashawas found with both hips dislocated, three rib fractures and scarring on her head consistent with cigarette burns (Photos: RSPCA)

The RSPCA gained a number of recordings over a four-day period where Bucktrout can be heard shouting at Sasha, followed by loud bangs and Sasha is heard screaming.

RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid said: “Sasha had sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including the dislocation of both hips - her left hip was out when we rescued her, which hadn’t had any veterinary attention, and she was operated on in RSPCA care.

“She also had three fractured ribs that were in the process of healing and severe and obvious scarring to her head, consistent, according to the veterinary expert, with burns most likely caused by cigarettes.

“In interview Bucktrout said that the first hip dislocation was due to an accident in the garden where a mattress had fallen on Sasha, and that he thought the second dislocation had happened when she was recovering from an operation to repair the first and fell down the stairs.

"However, the veterinary expert said that couldn’t be true and concluded that he believed the injuries were caused by intentional and repeated violence against her, which Bucktrout went on to admit in court.”

Thankfully, Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA and has now been happily rehomed.

Inspector Reid addded: “I’m so happy for her. She’s such a wonderful, loving dog who just craves affection despite all that has happened to her.”

Bucktrout's then-girlfriend and owner of Sasha, Victoria Louise Chamberlain of the same address, was convicted in absence of two offences on Friday and a warrant issued for her arrest.

She was arrested earlier this week and is scheduled to appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Tuesday.