Dog abuser jailed for beating his puppy

A Dewsbury man has been sent to prison after beating his 12-week-old puppy.

Friday, 17th February 2017, 5:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 9:43 am
Bonny, now renamed Daphne, with her friend Ty

Nasim Hussein Khan has also been banned from keeping animals for life after American bulldog Bonny suffered multiple broken bones during a three-week campaign of abuse.

He had only owned her for around two weeks before he began to beat the defenceless pet.

The 42-year-old, of Whitley, was handed an 18-week sentence at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court.

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Bonny with her injuries

Khan pleaded guilty to three offences relating to animal cruelty after charity the RSPCA funded a prosecution.

RSPCA inspector Danielle Grimshaw said:

“The state this puppy was in when she came to our attention was shocking - her injuries were obvious to anyone looking at her. She had a fractured pelvis, spine, rib and foot and a swollen head which, in veterinary opinion, was the result of a skull fracture, though this did not show up on X-rays.

“Khan had her for five weeks. According to the vet, the oldest of her fractures was at least three weeks old.”

Bonny with her injuries

Bonny, who has since been adopted and re-named Daphne, was seen by vets last August, where she appeared nervous and reluctant to walk, and was wobbly on her back legs. She later went to a foster home for five weeks of cage rest.

“This puppy was violently and repeatedly beaten,” added inspector Grimshaw.

As well as the custodial sentence and lifetime disqualification, Khan was also ordered to pay £400 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

In mitigation, the court heard that he was going through a difficult time due to troubles in his personal life.

“Amazingly she has recovered really well. Her owner describes her as a really friendly dog and trusting of everyone. She loves playing in the woods and sleeping on the bed with her dog friend Ty.

“She sometimes limps after exercise and continues to be on a supplement to manage that, but considering what happened to her, I’m really happy to say she’s doing great.”