Stoke & Staffordshire

Woman jailed for five months after cutting her pet dog

Stig injuries
Image caption Stig needed a four hour operation and spent a week recovering at a veterinary clinic

A woman from Staffordshire has been jailed for five months and banned from keeping pets for life after cutting and burning her Springer Spaniel.

Kim Edmonds, 21, attacked 14-year-old Stig in her back yard in Lily Street, Wolstanton in September 2011 with what the RSPCA believed was a sharp blade.

He suffered 31 lacerations and burns to his head, nose and body.

Stoke-on-Trent magistrates court heard Edmonds had originally tried to blame the attack on an intruder.

Another dog, Daniel, also suffered a number of lesser injuries.

'Steep sentence'

Jane Bashford from the RSPCA said: "Everybody who came into contact with Stig, whether it was police officers or veterinary staff, all of them were really shocked because it was a really horrific scene."

"That dog had been to hell and back."

Edmonds was convicted of one charge of the Section 4 Animal Welfare Act 2006.

"This is a steep sentence because the maximum she could get under the act was six months," said Mrs Bashford.

"More importantly to us, Kim Edmonds has been given a lifetime disqualification from keeping any animals, and she can't appeal to the courts against that which means no other animals will suffer at her hands again."

Stig needed a four-hour operation and spent a week recovering at a veterinary clinic which cost the RSPCA thousands of pounds.

The other dog also required surgery for slashes to his head.

The RSPCA said both dogs have since been re-homed together and have both made a full recovery.

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