Woman Who Slashed & Burned Own Dogs Lied About Intruder

Kim Edmonds claimed an intruder wearing a balaclava inflicted a series of horrific injuries on her springer spaniel.

She has since been found guilty of inflicting the injuries herself and sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, the maximum allowable by law, as well as being given a life time ban on keeping animals with no permission to apply for the ban to be lifted.

A court had heard that Edmonds, who said she was depressed, had slashed her dogs, Dan and Stig, in her back garden in 2011.S

Stig had more than 30 slash wounds as well as burns on his head, nose and body. He has since been treated and rehomed.

The court was told that the nature of Stig’s injuries suggested he had been held down during the prolonged attack.

The RSPCA said Edmonds had claimed that an balaclava-wearing intruder had broken into her back garden and attacked the dog and her.

The DM reports:

She made a 999 call to Staffordshire police on September 7 last year – but her minor wounds were found to be self-inflicted and the police referred the case to the RSPCA.

According to This is Staffordshire, detective constable Gary Madeley from Burslem Police Station said: ‘It was like an abattoir. There was blood all over the living room and the kitchen.

‘Edmonds' demeanour, considering the report and her dog had been mutilated, was calm.’

Veterinary surgeon Carole Bain, who also attended the scene said: ‘I was shocked by what I saw.

‘I told her (Edmonds) Stig would need a lengthy operation and she asked if he would need a skin graft and demonstrated by pinching the skin on his head.

‘It was unusual as I have never known an owner show such calmness.’

Judge Taylor said: 'It’s a serious offence that needs the right course of action.'

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

The medical costs of the dogs has cost the RSPCA thousands of pounds. Both dogs have now been re-homed together.

RSPCA Deputy chief inspector Jayne Bashford said: 'Kim is a very dangerous lady and the injuries suffered by the dogs were totally horrendous.

'In terms of injuries deliberately inflicted – this is the most traumatic incident I’ve seen.

'Every person involved has been severely affected by what they saw.

'It’s caused people a lot of distress.

'The dog -Stig – was at the vets for a week and had a four hour operation. It will cost the RSPCA thousands of pounds.'

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