Man Jailed for Illegal Tail Docking of Puppy

A man has been given a 12 week prison sentence after being found guilty of cutting off his eight week-old Jack Russell puppy’s tail.

Walter Doe, 24,  of Campbell Close, Uckfield was also banned from keeping all animals for 10 years at Hastings Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday 14 April) after previously being found guilty (on February 19) of causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy and failing to seek veterinary treatment for his open wound.Jacktaildockedpuppy1

The RSPCA was called in July last year after concern about the black and white puppy, called Jack. We found the young dog with a bandage around his tail and in obvious pain.

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We took Jack to a vet who removed the bandage and found a very raw wound about two inches from the tail base, with the rest of the tail removed. The vet said it was a very clean-cut wound and must have been made with a sharp tool, although it is not known what.

RSPCA Inspector Andrew Kirby said: “The prison sentence reflects how seriously the court took the suffering caused to the puppy.

“We have no proof about what was used to dock Jack’s tail, but whether it was a knife or a pair of scissors, he would have been in agony.

“Cutting through the bone of the tail must have been excruciatingly painful and no attempt at all was made to relieve this pain.

“Tail docking is such a brutal way to treat a young animal in any case. As well as the pain is causes, it is just completely unnecessary and deprives the animal of their best means of expression and balance. We urge people to remember that is it is against the law for a reason.”

The court also ordered that Jack, who has been living in foster care while the case was ongoing, is taken from Doe on a permanent basis.Jacktaildockedpuppy3

Andrew added: “Jack was very quiet and subdued when I found him which is hardly surprising if you think about what he had gone through.

“But he soon came out of his shell and is such a lovely little dog despite everything – and I really took his case to heart, so much so that I have decided to adopt him myself.

“I just want to give him a happy forever home so he can forget his tough start in life.”

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