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WATCH: St Ives woman jailed after 'slamming' dog into patio

WATCH: St Ives woman jailed after 'slamming' dog into patio

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:49am 13th April 2018. (Updated at 3:53pm 13th April 2018)

A woman from St Ives has been jailed after she was filmed slamming her dog into a patio in her garden.

Joanne Hosking admitted causing unnecessary suffering to little Edie when she appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The 41-year-old has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.

It is after a neighbour filmed her shouting at her jack russell before repeatedly slamming the one-year-old dog into the ground.

Further footage was shown in court of Edie then struggling to walk two days afterwards.

The RSPCA has described it as a "sickening attack".

WARNING: The following footage is upsetting

 

45-year-old Christopher Hosking, who appeared in the dock alongside his wife, joined Mrs Hosking in admitting a further charge of failing to provide veterinary care for lameness in Edie's left hind leg.

Following the incident, which took place on 10th July 2017 in the garden of the couple's home in Joannies Avenue, Edie was left with a severe injury to her hip which was left untreated by Mrs and Mr Hosking for seven days before the RSPCA intervened and the dog was seized.

Veterinary evidence highlighted how Edie's dislocated hip would have caused considerable pain, and how extensive treatment and an operation to remove part of the joint were needed to save the young dog's leg.

Police had initially visited the couple after concerns were raised about Mrs Hosking's treatment of her dog but were told that the dog had injured herself jumping off a table.

RSPCA inspector Paul Kempson returned with police officers a week later after further concerns were raised where they found Edie to be suffering without treatment for her debilitating injury.

He described the case as one of the worst he has seen during the 22 years he has been investigating animal cruelty for the charity.

Mr Kempson said: "It's saddening and sickening that poor Edie was not only subjected to such horrific violence, but that she was also left to suffer with horrendous injuries for so long without veterinary treatment.

"Owning an animal is a privilege, not a right. Mrs Hosking abused this privilege by harming a poor defenceless dog in the most shocking manner. Edie suffered injuries which were described as similar to the sort suffered by animals in a road accident. There is never an excuse for animal cruelty.

"Thankfully Edie has made a full recovery and Mrs and Mr Hosking have been brought to justice for their heartless abuse and neglect."

Edie was signed over into the RSPCA's care by the couple at the time of her rescue. The RSPCA paid for Edie's treatment and, after she'd recovered from her extensive surgery, found her a loving new home.

Christopher Hosking, who was unaware of how Edie came to be injured having been told by his partner the dog had fallen, was given a six-week curfew between 8pm and 6am, and also banned from keeping animals for life following his guilty plea.

Both Joanne Hosking and Christopher Hosking were each fined £625. Mrs Hosking must pay a victim surcharge of £115 and Christopher Hosking must pay a victim surcharge of £85.

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