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PHOTOS: Man jailed after 'violent attack' on dog

archie the lurcher

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:21pm 11th October 2018. (Updated at 2:27pm 11th October 2018)

A man from Cornwall has been jailed after a 'violent attack' left his dog with extensive injuries.

Archie the lurcher suffered a fractured back and was left with extensive bruising.

His owner David Owen pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering by blunt force trauma and using painful training or disciplinary measures.

archie the lurcher
A man from Pool has been jailed and banned from keeping animals for life

The 30-year-old, from South Crofty Way in Pool, claimed he inflicted the injuries on Archie when the dog attacked him - after he disciplined the lurcher for urinating inside.

He appeared before Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison - as well as being banned from keeping animals for life.

archie the lurcher
It is after a 'violent attack' on his dog which left the lurcher with a fractured back and extensive bruising

The court heard how Owen rang the Cornwall Animal Hospital in Redruth on 16th April claiming Archie had bitten him and asked for the dog to be put to sleep.

The animal hospital refused to euthanise Archie and contacted the RSPCA with concerns about the severity of Archie's injuries.

archie the lurcher
Archie's owner claimed the dog attacked him and asked for the pet to be put down

"This was a deliberate, sustained and unprovoked attack which left Archie with a suspected ruptured ear canal, severe facial swelling, blood in his urine and a compound fracture to one of his vertebrae.

"Not only did Owen inflict such shocking violence on Archie, he initially denied any wrongdoing and instead claimed Archie was to blame.

"Archie was later assessed by a dog behaviourist who found he did not present any more risk than any other pet dog and he has since been found a new home."

RSPCA Inspector Paul Kempson, who investigated for the animal welfare charity

Owen was also banned from keeping all animals for life and ordered to pay £500 towards the costs of the prosecution.

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