A man from Goldthorpe who punched and kicked a 10 month-old puppy, leaving her with multiple injuries including a fractured skull, has been jailed.
The extent of the suffering little black crossbreed terrier Bella was subjected to by Joseph Eames, aged 20, has been described by an RSPCA officer as ‘one of the worst cases of outright cruelty’ she had ever seen.
Bella sustained two broken legs, broken ribs as well as a broken skull in a series of attacks while Eames was living in Poplar Avenue, Goldthorpe.
Following the case at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court, RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “This is one of the worst cases of outright cruelty that I have dealt with in my career so far.
She added: “This poor dog has been caused a great deal of pain and suffering over a long period of time.
“The RSPCA always applies for a disqualification in such cases and in this case I am happy that the sentence reflects Mr Eames’ crimes.”
“Thankfully Bella is now in a loving new home and is fully recovered.”
“We are satisfied with the courts decision to disqualify the defendant from keeping animals for life.”
She also said that Eames, who suffers from epilepsy, told the RSPCA during his interview that he blacked out and could not remember causing the injuries.
Eames carried out the string of attacks on Bella between July and October last year.
District Judge John Foster said of the case: “You caused serious injury and undoubted pain to the animal that was in your care and violence of this sort towards an animal gives rise to a custodial sentence.”
Eames, now of Clayfield Road, Mexborough, has been locked up for 12 weeks.
He is also disqualified from owning or controlling an animal for life.
Eames had admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at an earlier hearing at Barnsley Magistrates Court last month.
He was sentenced on June 5.
For more information on the RSPCA please visit their website at rspca.org.uk.
People wishing to report incidents of cruelty to animals can also call the charity on 0300 123 4999.