- William Legget, 19, tied a dog up before punching, stamping and kicking it
- Then turned on his puppy, which he beat before threatening her with knife
- Puppy named Nala suffered a broken hip, jaw, cheek and a fractured skull
- Legget said the dogs had been ‘naughty’ and he didn’t know when to stop
Judge jailed Leggett and told him he is ‘not a decent human being’
William Legget, 19, of Bedminster, Bristol, tied adult dog Balue to a bannister and punched, stamped and kicked her before turning on his puppy Nala, who he beat and threatened with a knife.
The older dog (above) escaped serious injury but Nala suffered a broken hip, jaw, cheek and a fractured skull.
District Judge Lynne Matthews jailed Legget for 17 weeks after telling him he was ‘not a decent human being’. She said she was ‘staggered’ by his cruelty and imposed a life ban on him keeping any animals, adding she ‘would not trust him with a goldfish’.
She also said the case should be reported to social services after hearing that Legget had a young child. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard the beatings took place at Legget’s former home in Gravesend, Kent, in February last year.
When he was arrested Legget told police the dogs had been ‘naughty’ and said his only fault was not knowing when to ‘stop telling them off.’ Judge Matthews said: ‘With the puppy it wasn’t a slight fracture but the bone has broken away. ‘The veterinary surgeon said that break was a result of extreme force. You applied that extreme force.’
An X-ray image of the broken hip bone suffered by husky puppy Nala after a brutal beating from Legget
John Stokes, defending, said his client had both emotional and behavioural problems but had a partner and a young child to look after.
The huskies abused by Legget – Nala (pictured left) suffered a broken hip and Balue (right) was also beaten
Legget was jailed for 17 weeks. Both dogs have now been re-homed.