Puppy dog star lost leg after kick

A PUPPY had to have it leg amputated after its owner kicked out at a door it was standing behind, a court heard.

Star, the cross breed dog, suffered a fractured thigh, toe and teeth but her owner, Ben Wandless, failed to take the 12-week old puppy to a vet.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday how the dog got hurt after Wandless - who voluntarily films bands at the Snooty Fox pub - became upset after hearing a close friend was dying.

Wandless, of Back Hatfield Street, Wakefield, drank too much and kicked the door in anger not knowing Star was on the other side of it.

The RSPCA became involved after Wandless’s former girlfriend discovered the injured dog. Star was taken in for emergency treatment.

The ex-girlfriend said Wandless had told her he had hit the dog.

But he told the RSPCA that a door had slammed into Star and didn’t agree he had beaten her.

He accepted the dog had suffered but claimed he was resting the dog before taking it to the PDSA.

Wandless, 22, pleaded guilty yesterday to causing unnecessary suffering between March 1 and March 4 by failing to provide proper veterinary care for its injuries.

Mike Devlin, mitigating, said his client had no previous convictions and the injuries to the dog were unintentional.

Magistrate Steve Jones, passing sentence, said: “We have an animal here, in one respect it fortunately didn’t have to be put down but in another respect had an amputation, which has affected this animal for the rest of its life. It suffered permanent damage.”

He disqualified Wandless from keeping or participating in the keeping of all animals for five years.

Wandless was also sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £260 towards vet’s costs of £1,145.47.

The Wakefield Express understands Star was signed over to the RSPCA. She has been re-homed and is doing very well.