Cruel Pet Owner Punched Puppy In The Face And Left Him Walking In Front Of A Train
A cruel pet owner has been banned from keeping animals for 20 years after he punched his dog in the face and left it hit by a train. Cameron Casson let her dog walk off-leash at a Lancashire train station and she was hit by a slow-moving train.
The pup, named Cali, was just ten months old when she was injured at Bane Lane Station near Morecambe on July 19 last year. Casson was handed an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months after the court heard details of how the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was injured.
A witness who was on the station platform reported seeing Casson punch Cali, who was later picked up by a dog sitter and taken to a vet in Lancaster where she was treated for back and tail injuries , as well as bruises around his eye. The vet also found evidence that Cali’s fur was contaminated with oil, LancsLive reports.
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The RSPCA launched an investigation and Casson, 22, of Cross Gill, Rylands, Lancaster, admitted two charges of causing the dog unnecessary suffering and one of failing to ensure Cali’s needs were met. He appeared at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on May 24.
In a statement to the court, an eyewitness said she held the dog, which was without a collar or leash, on the platform and brought it back to Casson. Later, she spotted him yelling and swearing at the puppy. She said Casson attempted to tie a sweater around the dog’s neck to “use it as a leash.”
She continued: “The dog seemed reluctant to follow him, so he grabbed the dog by the scruff of the neck and attempted to drag her along the station platform.”
A second eyewitness said he saw Cali being punched in the face and head three or four times with “hard force”. The dog was found hours later on a public footpath in Hest Bank.
In an expert report to the court, veterinarian Dr Sean Taylor said the dog’s lacerations and oil contamination were consistent with her being hit by a slow moving train. X-rays showed two bilateral rib fractures, which the surgeon believes were suffered in mid to late June 2021. The accused had claimed he did not know how they could have been caused, except starts with the dog “falling from a rope swing”.
Dr Taylor concluded: “The rib fractures indicate that Cali suffered high force focal blunt trauma to both sides of the chest.
“Although they did not occur on July 19, it is highly likely that these injuries were due to physical abuse considering the defendant’s lack of a reasonable explanation as to how these broken bones could have happened accidentally.”
RSPCA inspector Amy McIntosh said in her witness statement that Casson admitted to slapping her dog for trying to get back on the train. The inspector said he told her, “You can’t do this for slapping a dog.”
She continued: “The dog got off the train with him and then got back up and he chased the dog and he ended up on the tracks.”
The court heard that Casson suffered from mental health issues and lacked maturity. He was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £128. Since her ordeal, Cali has been cared for in boarding kennels. Staff will soon find their loving new owners there, the court was told.
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