Posted: Fri 30th Sep 2016

*Warning Distressing Pictures* Wrexham Man Jailed After Cutting His Dog’s Ears Off

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Friday, Sep 30th, 2016

A Wrexham man has been sent to prison after he cut his dog’s ears off. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Christopher Matthew Griffiths (d.o.b 11/08/1981) of Bridge Street, Southsea, Wrexham, attended Wrexham Magistrates’ Court for sentencing yesterday (28 September) after being convicted of animal welfare offences at a trial on Thursday 26 May. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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He was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and carrying out a prohibited procedure to his dog Victor, a tan male Staffordshire bull terrier type dog, in September 2015 at Crescent Close, Crescent Road, Wrexham. The court found that he had cut the dog’s ears off, using a pliers type implement. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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Griffiths was yesterday handed a 24 week prison sentence, was disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years and was given a 12 month probation order. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The RSPCA were contacted on 22 September 2015 by the police after the dog named Victor was found with his ears chopped off and the RSPCA transported the dog immediately to an independent vet for emergency treatment. Victor was subsequently given surgery and his ears were stitched up and by November his ears had healed. His urine was also checked at the vets and it tested positive for cocaine. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Following the sentencing RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “When I first saw Victor I was just so shocked as his ears were gaping open wounds. I had never seen anything quite like it before. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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“It must have been so painful for him. It was just so heartbreaking. It is awful to imagine what poor Victor went through. It was totally unnecessary.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Inspector Thomas added: “Since Victor has been in our care he has been doing so well. He is an adorable dog with a lot of love to give. He loves nothing more than to be in your company and loves a cwtch on the sofa. He is now up for rehoming and we hope he will find his forever home soon.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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