Teenage thug jailed for 17 weeks after torturing two husky dogs is told by judge: ‘I wouldn’t trust you with a goldfish’

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  • 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’

The huskies abused by Legget – Nala  suffered a broken hip and Balue (below) was also beaten

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.


William Legget has been jailed after being caught on CCTV beating and severely injuring his husky dogs, http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/01/22/24F3A12600000578-0-image-a-3_1421952243911.jpg

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.

Legget appears to have grabbed one of the dogs by the head or neck in this CCTV still

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 

Legget admitted three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and two counts of failing to protect it from pain, suffering and injury.

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.

News Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2922185/Teenage-thug-jailed-17-weeks-torturing-two-husky-dogs.html

Dog rescued from sealed plastic bag discarded on Kentucky roadside

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“WTF…there are some vile, sinister, evil, cold hearted, animal abusing, psycho’s that live amongst us. I’m all cried out, the poor wee thing looks like his whole life has been lived in hell; judging by how timid he is. Somebody purposely broke his bones, by blunt force trauma, then tossed him in a carrier bag, tied it up & threw it out with the trash!! No normal rational, sane person would do such a thing; these people are dangerous.”

“I don’t need to remind you that the worlds most savage brutal killers started off their sick lives by killing animals; these abominations need to be plucked out of normal society & dealt with properly. Stop with the stupid suspended sentences, they are as much use as chocolate fire guards! Prison is too good for most abusers. They should all be put on a desert island, surrounded by sharks, thousands of miles away, far from where decent human beings live!.” 

“Somebody must recognise that sad little face, a very timid scared dog…PLEASE I BEG YOU…if any of you know who’s it is or who it belonged to, anything that might lead the police to the monster that did this, please contact them. Imagine if it were your dog, how you would feel?? I may well of got the story wrong, he could be some dear old lady’s lap dog, snatched from it’s own front yard. Don’t feel pressured into protecting the person who did this…if you are, then you are no better than them. Forget them saying they would protect you, if you were in a pickle, bollocks, they would either run a mile or dob you in if it meant saving themselves…So do yourself a favour, rid them from your friendship circle & tell the police!!

” Guys, our collective prayers are needed for this little guy, he has got a lot of mending to do, especially in his heart. I hope all works out well & he ends up being somebody’s little lap dog or the baby of the family!!”

On Tuesday evening, along a Louisville, Ky. roadside, a small dog was found inside of a sealed, plastic bag; thrown away like unwanted trash.

Thrown away like trash Credit: Shamrock Foundation

Amazingly, the little dog, not weighing even four pounds, was still alive, albeit injured and sickly. “That’s not much more than my chihuahua weighs, just to give you an idea of how small & fragile he is”

According to the Shamrock Foundation, the dog, now known as “Karma,” has multiple broken bones, was covered in fleas and, is understandably, terrified.

Thrown away like trash Credit: Shamrock Foundation

On Wednesday, the rescue organization shared the following update with their Facebook fans:

So this boy suffered criminal neglect before being tied up in a sealed trash bag and ended up on the side of the road. The fractures are fresh and are from a blunt force trauma like being dropped or thrown down on concrete. He will be under observation today at Blue Pearl.

Karma is too weak to undergo surgery at this time, and he is on strict crate rest.

Anyone interested in making a financial contribution towards Karma’s care can do so at this link to the Shamrock Foundation.

Thrown out like trash, poor little dog in plastic carry bag

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/dog-rescued-from-sealed-plastic-bag-discarded-on-kentucky-roadside


Dog with Broken Leg Chained and Abandoned

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“We live in a very malicious world, where certain people have no feelings or morals whatsoever, towards animals…either pets or wildlife! So we must be forever vigilant & help police in whatever way we can, to catch these bastards! It falls upon us, the animal warriors, advocates, animal rights etc. to be the eye’s & ears  regards animal abuse; we must tell the police any news, which may catch these inhumane sicko’s. No matter how trivial you might think your news may be, please tell those in authority, it could lead to an arrest”

“At the end of the day, I cry tears in the hopes that these posts will help get the news out & catch those that abuse…I don’t do it for the good of my health, because its so breathtakingly sad; I do it because I love animals, big & small,  I hate those that inflict pain upon these sentient beings, they need to be punished, big time, & I aim to help in whatever way I can!!”

An abused young pit bull with a broken leg found in Lower Saucon Township has a new name – Anchor – because he was found tied to a boat trailer with a chain so heavy he couldn’t lift his head.

A resident of a Kohler Drive apartment complex found the dog and called police Tuesday morning.Police are searching for the dog’s owner.

Anchor the dog was left with a broken back leg tied to a boat trailer in Lower Saucon.

The dog was taken to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Williams Township. The center welcomes donations to help pay for Anchor’s surgery and care. 

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call Cpl. Tim Connell of Lower Saucon Police at 610-330-2200.

This is just the latest of several animal cruelty cases in the Lehigh Valley this summer.

Related Topics: Animal Cruelty and Pit Bull

News Link:-http://salisbury.patch.com/articles/dog-with-broken-leg-chained-and-abandoned


Police: Man threw puppy into wall

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Suspect, 21, angry about basketball game

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin police believe a man threw a puppy against a wall and broke his leg because he was angry about losing a neighborhood basketball game.

Jourdahn Jefferson, 21, is charged with animal cruelty, a state jail felony that carries a punishment of up to two years in jail. He is currently being in the Travis County jail on $15,000 bond.

Police arrived at the home after the roommate of Jefferson’s girlfriend called police to report the incident. The woman’s young daughters said Jefferson threw the puppy at the wall and also threw him into the air and let him fall to the ground.

“To take an innocent animal like that and to treat it in that way, there’s something obviously not right there,” said APD Animal Cruelty Detective Ewa Wegner. “He was limping, wouldn’t put any weight on his back right leg. It was very swollen. You could tell he was obviously injured.”

The 3-month-old, 27-pound black Labrador puppy named Shadow had a broken femur and had to have surgery but is recovering. 

“We obviously strive for prosecution of the case, you know — whether that’s jail time or counseling,” said Wegner. “Whether the cases are taken seriously, I don’t know because I’ve never been called to testify, so I don’t know.”

Wegner believes most animal cruelty cases do not go to trial because the suspects take plea deals. APD has already filed charges in more than 200 animal cruelty cases since the beginning of 2012.

Jefferson has a lengthy criminal history, including several charges for assault and assault with bodily injury.

Video & News Link:-http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/police-man-threw-puppy-in-to-wall

As a vet, I say: Ban this cruel spectacle – Grand National

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Sprawled on the ground, limbs tangled, necks wrenched at agonising angles, the photographs of the fallen horses at Saturday’s Grand National were painful even to look at. Yet millions take pleasure in this cruel spectacle.

On Saturday the country gathered around its TV sets, anxiously clutching betting slips and sweepstakes pull-outs.

But I’m afraid I wasn’t among them. I cannot bear to watch a single moment of the race. To me, the Saturday of the Grand National is one of the most depressing days of the year.

I say this not because I am some kind of puritan killjoy but because, as a vet and animal rights specialist, I am appalled at the amount of suffering the horses have to endure.

Neptune Collonges runs clears as According to Pete and jockey Henry Haynes and On His Own and Paul Townshend fall at Bechers

Each year I dread the news of another horse having to be put down – ‘destroyed’ as some commentators thoughtlessly put it – after a gut-wrenching fall which leaves horse and rider stricken on the turf.

This weekend’s race was a particularly distressing spectacle with two horses dying after terrible falls. Nine-year-old gelding Synchronised, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier this season, broke a leg and was put down.

According to Pete was also put down after falling on the second attempt at Becher’s. Two other runners, Killyglen and Weird Al, sustained injuries during the race.

As the owners of the winning horse Neptune Collonges opened bottles of celebratory champagne in the enclosure, tarpaulin fences were being hastily erected to shield the bodies of the two fallen horses.

 The Grand National might be a spectacle that captivates the British public, but for me it simply serves as a reminder of the absolute disregard for animals and their welfare which some humans seem to have.

For too long, the cruelty of the race has been blithely ignored by the horse-racing authorities and the race-going public.

It shouldn’t be like this. Sport, after all, is meant to be an uplifting activity, reflecting the quest for excellence and heroism in competition. But there is nothing remotely inspirational or heroic about forcing horses to gallop round a dangerous course at high speed and risk sustaining painful, even fatal falls.

In the Grand National alone, ten horses have been killed since 2000. And last month, the Cheltenham race meeting was overshadowed by the death of five horses.

We would not tolerate this callous approach towards human competitors.

If, in the Olympic Games, several athletes broke bones during, for example, the 3,000 metres steeplechase the event would either be dropped or the course drastically altered.

 Formula 1 motor racing, radical new standards of safety were introduced following a spate of deaths in the 1970s. These included improvements to cars and better layout of  tracks, measures which helped to achieve a dramatic fall in fatalities.

There is nothing like the same concern for horses’ welfare shown in the National. The deaths and injuries to the animals seem to be regarded as, at best, nothing more than inconvenient consequences of the race and at worst ‘just one of those things’.

The brutality of last year’s competition in particular – where only 19 horses finished out of a field of 40 – was compounded by the sickening sight of the exhausted horse, Ballabriggs, being whipped to the finishing line to win the race.

The central failing of the Grand National, as with all steeplechase racing, is that the horses are not physically designed by nature to leap over high fences. Their bodies are not strong enough, nor are their legs sturdy enough. Every time a horse jumps over an obstacle, especially with an added human load, it puts tremendous pressure on its two front legs as it lands.

Mankind has, of course, bred horses for specific tasks, such as mighty dray horses, with their tree trunk legs for pulling carts. But the bitter paradox of racing is that the breeding of horses for speed directly undermines their ability to cope with jumps. For what a racehorse owner wants is a thin, light creature which can move as fast as possible – exactly the type of horse most likely to be vulnerable when forced over jumps of more than five feet high.

 This is slightly mitigated by the fact that the truest thoroughbreds are generally kept for the flat races, with the sturdier animals competing over the jumps.

But even so, this does not alter the fact that these National Hunt horses are still bred for speed, and therefore they are required to operate far beyond the capacity of their bodies’ skeletal strength.

The problem is compounded by the uniquely arduous nature of the Aintree course, which is four-and-a-half miles long, having been extended by half-a-mile in 1975. The horses have to jump over 30 fences, which themselves are larger than those on any other course in Britain.

In truth, the Aintree course is so demanding that, over the last decade, only 36 per cent of horses have actually been able to finish the race.

The Grand National’s defenders claim that the horses actually enjoy the races, otherwise why would they carry on racing, sometimes even when their jockey falls off?

But horses are herd animals. Out of instinct, they will try to follow the leader of the pack or continue running because that is what they have evolved and indeed been trained to do. But there is no evidence they really enjoy jumping.

The tragedy of the National is that, if people were honest enough to admit it, the greatest attraction of the race is in the element of danger and the thrill of watching the horses tackle this highly risky challenge.

How can horses be so ruthlessly exploited to feed this national habit when we claim to be proud to be more compassionate than most other countries to our animals?

Having banned fox-hunting, bear-baiting and cock-fighting, we like to think ourselves morally superior to our crueller ancestors who used to revel in these practices. But the Grand National is little different to such barbarities.

In response to animal welfare campaigners, the British Horseracing Authority introduced a few cosmetic changes to this year’s National, such as imposing a higher age limit of seven years on all horses to ensure they are fully developed and have sufficient experience, and reducing the drop on the landing side of Becher’s by a few inches. But these steps did little to protect Synchronised and According to Pete.

There is only one way to stop the suffering of the horses and that is to ban the Grand National. If racing enthusiasts truly respected these noble, majestic creatures, they would be unable to tolerate any longer such needless cruelty  masquerading as sport.

News Link:-Dailymail.co.uk

“Well, if you read my post yesterday, it seems I am not the only who thought Synchronised shouldn’t have raced etc. etc….I rest my case”

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