A DOG from Hartlepool was so badly beaten, her injuries were as bad as those found in road accidents.
Shocked vets say the shih tzu - later renamed and called Maggie - would have been in terrible pain and fear.
Veterinary evidence showed the dog’s pelvis had been broken on at least three occasions. She had fractures to her lower back, multiple broken ribs and bruising all over her body. She had 29 bone fractures.
A 19 year old man from Hartlepool admitted causing unnecessary suffering by subjecting her to physical violence. He and a 17 year old girl, also from Hartlepool, also admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to seek vet care for her multiple fractures and by failing to provide a nutritionally balanced diet.
RSPCA inspector Aislinn Balderston said: “This dog had suffered such appalling injuries it is harrowing to hear the details. Veterinary evidence shows she was repeatedly beaten with such violence and force that the vet likened her condition to having been in a road traffic collision. For someone to do something so savage to a small dog who couldn’t possibly have protected herself is disgusting.”
The man, who was 18 at the time of the offences, was sentenced to 18 weeks in custody and banned from keeping animals for life. The girl, who was 16 at the time of the offences, was given a youth referral order and banned from keeping animals for life.
The couple refused to sign her over to the RSPCA for rehoming so she lived with a RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre fosterer for several months, where she was named Maggie. She is now in a permanent home and has settled well.
The RSPCA has released its annual rescue and cruelty figures, showing it investigated almost 3,000 more complaints than in 2012.
Its County Durham area, which includes Hartlepool, had the second highest rate of animal welfare offences in the country with 100 convictions last year compared to 74 the year before.