Prison and ban from keeping animals for Uckfield man


An Uckfield man was given a 12 week prison sentence in April after being found guilty of cutting off his eight-week-old Jack Russell puppy’s tail.

Walter Doe, 24, was also banned from keeping all animals for ten years at Hastings Magistrates’ Court after previously being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy and failing to seek veterinary treatment for his open wound.

The RSPCA was called in July 2013 after receiving concerns about the black and white puppy, called Jack. They found the young dog with a bandage around his tail and in obvious pain, took him to a vet who removed the bandage and found a raw wound about two inches from the tail base, with the rest of the tail removed. The vet said it was a very clean-cut wound and must have been made with a sharp tool, although it is not known what.

RSPCA inspector Andrew Kirby said: “The prison sentence reflects how seriously the court took the suffering caused to the puppy. We have no proof about what was used to dock Jack’s tail, but whether it was a knife or a pair of scissors, he would have been in agony. Cutting through the bone of the tail must have been excruciatingly painful and no attempt was made to relieve this pain. Tail docking is such a brutal way to treat a young animal in any case. As well as the pain it causes, it is 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 ordered that Jack, who had been living in foster care while the case was ongoing, was removed from his owner. He has now been adopted by Inspector Kirby. He added: “Jack was very quiet and subdued when I found him which is hardly surprising thinking about what he had gone through. 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 decided to adopt him myself. I just wanted to give him a happy forever home so he can forget his tough start in life.”