Published on www.stuff.co.nz 30/08/2019
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A man who stapled shut deep wounds on his dog sustained during pig hunting has been sentenced to a short jail term.
Jordayne Beaumont-Brown appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Friday for sentencing after earlier pleading guilty to two charges relating to incidents in 2017. He was sentenced to one month in jail, disqualified from owning companion animals for two years, ordered to pay reparations of $2000 and forfeit ownership of one dog, Bruiser.
In a statement, the SPCA said the first case began in August 2017 when the defendant took his dog Bella to the vet after she was injured fighting another dog. Bella had a wound on the bridge of her nose. The vet recommended X-rays, but these were declined due to cost.
The dog was taken for urgent veterinary treatment. The vet found the exposed nasal bone was clearly visible, and there was a puncture wound through the bone.
“The resulting infection was not under control, and the injury would have cause Bella immense pain, initially when it occurred and even more so once the swelling and infection took hold,” the statement said.
Bella made a full recovery in the SPCA’s care.
The second case against the defendant began in September 2017, when the SPCA became aware of a post on the defendant’s Facebook page saying: “Time to stitch my dogs up.” The post was accompanied by a photograph of Bruiser, a female staffordshire terrier-type dog. She had rips on her right side, sustained while pig hunting.
One of the comments posted by the defendant said: “I have a skin stapler, I just wash it out and staple them up.”
When SPCA inspectors visited the defendant’s property, Bruiser’s whole body was covered in scars and her coat was dull and patchy. The defendant confirmed Bruiser had been injured a few weeks’ earlier and he had stapled her up.
The SPCA took Bruiser into its possession. A vet found she had multiple skin wounds in various stages of healing including wounds that were fresh and infected. The wounds that had been stapled were so deep they went down to the underlying muscle.
After receiving treatment, Bruiser’s wounds started healing well. Bella was surrendered to SPCA and adopted out to a family, while Bruiser was going through SPCA’s adoption process.
“Bruiser and Bella were in serious need of veterinary attention for their injuries, yet their owner thought he knew better,” SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said.
“Because of his actions, these dogs suffered needlessly.”