Uckfield man goes to prison for docking dog’s tail

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A man has been given a 12 week prison sentence after being found guilty of cutting off his eight-week-old Jack Russell puppy’s tail, the RSPCA has said.

Walter Doe, 24, from Campbell Close, Uckfield, was also banned at Hastings Magistrates’ Court, from keeping all animals for ten years, on Monday (April 14) after being found guilty on February 19 of causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy and failing to seek veterinary treatment for his open wound.

The RSPCA was called in July last year after concern about the black and white puppy, called Jack.

RSPCA Inspector Andrew Kirby said: “The prison sentence reflects how seriously the court took the suffering caused to the puppy. Tail docking is such a brutal way to treat a young animal in any case. As well as the pain is causes, it is just completely unnecessary and deprives the animal of their best means of expression and balance. We urge people to remember that is it is against the law for a reason.”

The court also ordered that Jack, who has been living in foster care while the case was ongoing, be taken from Doe on a permanent basis.

Andrew added: “Jack was very quiet and subdued when I found him. But he soon came out of his shell and is such a lovely little dog despite everything. I really took his case to heart, so much so that I have decided to adopt him. I just want to give him a happy forever home so he can forget his tough start in life.”