Wandsworth dog owner George Charles Williams jailed for "hideous cruelty" to puppies

Wandsworth Guardian: Wandsworth dog owner George Charles Williams jailed for "hideous cruelty" after docking puppies' tails Wandsworth dog owner George Charles Williams jailed for "hideous cruelty" after docking puppies' tails

A man jailed for illegally docking four puppies' tails has been accused of causing "hideous cruelty".

George Charles Williams, from Neville Gill Close, Wandsworth, was given a lifetime ban on keeping animals after he was found guilty of five breaches of the Animal Welfare Act, including tail docking, causing unnecessary suffering and welfare offences.

The 42-year-old, who denied all the charges, was also convicted for docking a jack russel's tail and was sentenced to six months in custody, to run concurrently, for each offence.

RSPCA inspector Natasha Wallis investigated Williams after he took his jack russell terrier, Bert, to the Blue Cross for treatment in June last year.

Inspector Wallis said: "Whether he used a knife or a pair of scissors, the dogs would have suffered a huge amount of pain.

"There was no reason for Mr Williams to dock the tails of these dogs, and no excuse for the cruelty he subjected them to."

During sentencing at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court on Tuesday district judge Sheila Bailey said the animals must have been caused "agonising pain" and that a custodial sentence was appropriate in such a case.

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9:24am Fri 15 Feb 13

Angela M says...

There is no excuse for mutilating dogs.

Even the 'gun dog' argument doesn't hold up - if their tails are routinely chopped off in case they get damaged later in life, you could say the same of their ears.

How many parts do you need to cut off before the dog is supposedly safe from accidents?
There is no excuse for mutilating dogs. Even the 'gun dog' argument doesn't hold up - if their tails are routinely chopped off in case they get damaged later in life, you could say the same of their ears. How many parts do you need to cut off before the dog is supposedly safe from accidents? Angela M
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10:41am Fri 15 Feb 13

Simbali says...

Finally a decent sentence and hopefully a deterent for other people considering doing the same - hoorah!
Finally a decent sentence and hopefully a deterent for other people considering doing the same - hoorah! Simbali
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