Graphic images highlight rise in animal cruelty convictions

Bluey was covered in bite marks when she was found

Bluey was covered in bite marks when she was found

First published in News Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

These shocking images of a Staffordshire bull terrier covered in cuts and  wounds have been released as the RSPCA highlights a rise in animal cruelty.

The number of animal cruelty convictions in London went up from 250 in 2012 to 297 in 2013.

Among the people convicted was a 40-year-old Worcester Park woman who was banned for keeping animals for five years after her Staffordshire bull terrier named Bluey was found with a horrific wound to her tail that had gone untreated.

Streatham Guardian:

Bluey was underweight and her severed tail was left untreated

Bluey had been left to suffer with a red raw, severed six inch stump of a tail. When she was found she was severely underweight and covered with bites and marks all over her body.

Her owner claimed Bluey had been attacked by two other dogs while out on a walk.

Bluey's owner pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act and was given a five year disqualification from owning animals at Wimbledon Magistrates Court in April.

The RSPCA has highlighted Bluey's plight as it releases figures that show a reduction in convictions for animal cruelty nationwide with London bucking the trend.

RSPCA superintendent Paul Stilgoe said: "The UK is known as a nation of animal lovers and yet once again we have seen some truly heartbreaking sights this year, and animals suffering in horrific ways.

"It is really difficult to say what drives people to act in such utterly pointless cruel ways, and neglect their animals to such an extent.

"In some cases people just don’t know what an animal needs or financial circumstances can lead to difficulties, whilst others find organised cruelty, or deliberate violence towards an animal acceptable.

"We will always try to work with people and re-educate where possible, but there will always be some people who think it is alright to beat, kick, kill, starve or neglect an animal and times when the only way to stop them is to prosecute.

Bluey has been taken into care by the RSPCA and is recovering.

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9:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

jswan1 says...

These type of dogs are extremely popular with chavs and lowlifes so I'm not surprised by this at all.
These type of dogs are extremely popular with chavs and lowlifes so I'm not surprised by this at all. jswan1
  • Score: 8

9:40am Wed 18 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

She should have been banned from keeping animals for life. What's going to happen in 5 years or possibly before?
She should have been banned from keeping animals for life. What's going to happen in 5 years or possibly before? Sparkythecat
  • Score: 32

10:09am Wed 18 Jun 14

ticktock says...

If she did that to a person she would be sent to prison wouldn't she,
If she did that to a person she would be sent to prison wouldn't she, ticktock
  • Score: 14

11:24am Wed 18 Jun 14

WPLocal says...

Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you.
Why was this woman not named and shamed ?
Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you. Why was this woman not named and shamed ? WPLocal
  • Score: 26

12:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

edstar says...

WPLocal wrote:
Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you.
Why was this woman not named and shamed ?
Maybe not all, but the vast majority are
[quote][p][bold]WPLocal[/bold] wrote: Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you. Why was this woman not named and shamed ?[/p][/quote]Maybe not all, but the vast majority are edstar
  • Score: -2

12:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

edstar says...

WPLocal wrote:
Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you.
Why was this woman not named and shamed ?
Maybe not all, but the vast majority are
[quote][p][bold]WPLocal[/bold] wrote: Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you. Why was this woman not named and shamed ?[/p][/quote]Maybe not all, but the vast majority are edstar
  • Score: -5

12:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

No evidence offered as to was this poor animal being used in illegal dog fighting? I would not be surprised, as many are saying lots of low lifes and chavs own these dogs, but also drug dealers and similar, who are involved in fighting. All of those scum need jailing and, if appropriate, deporting.
No evidence offered as to was this poor animal being used in illegal dog fighting? I would not be surprised, as many are saying lots of low lifes and chavs own these dogs, but also drug dealers and similar, who are involved in fighting. All of those scum need jailing and, if appropriate, deporting. alroutemaster
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Dani78 says...

alroutemaster yet another **** comment by you... what makes you think they are all illeagl immigrants? racism at its finest, god help if you ever need medical help by a foreigner..
alroutemaster yet another **** comment by you... what makes you think they are all illeagl immigrants? racism at its finest, god help if you ever need medical help by a foreigner.. Dani78
  • Score: -5

2:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

WPLocal says...

edstar wrote:
WPLocal wrote:
Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you.
Why was this woman not named and shamed ?
Maybe not all, but the vast majority are
Based on your limited view of the world !

I really feel sorry for people like you that don't have the sense that they were born with to come out with comments like this.

This is about the welfare of the dogs and that the owner should be responsible for that dog.
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WPLocal[/bold] wrote: Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you. Why was this woman not named and shamed ?[/p][/quote]Maybe not all, but the vast majority are[/p][/quote]Based on your limited view of the world ! I really feel sorry for people like you that don't have the sense that they were born with to come out with comments like this. This is about the welfare of the dogs and that the owner should be responsible for that dog. WPLocal
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

edstar says...

WPLocal wrote:
edstar wrote:
WPLocal wrote:
Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you.
Why was this woman not named and shamed ?
Maybe not all, but the vast majority are
Based on your limited view of the world !

I really feel sorry for people like you that don't have the sense that they were born with to come out with comments like this.

This is about the welfare of the dogs and that the owner should be responsible for that dog.
I agree with you, the problem is irresponsible dog owners who get their dogs as the latest must have thing. Unfortunately, the majority of these owners are chavs and they get SBTs. Just look at how many stories there are in the press where a bull terrier owned by a chavs has attacked other dogs or people.
[quote][p][bold]WPLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WPLocal[/bold] wrote: Not all of us SBT owners are Chavs thank you. Why was this woman not named and shamed ?[/p][/quote]Maybe not all, but the vast majority are[/p][/quote]Based on your limited view of the world ! I really feel sorry for people like you that don't have the sense that they were born with to come out with comments like this. This is about the welfare of the dogs and that the owner should be responsible for that dog.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, the problem is irresponsible dog owners who get their dogs as the latest must have thing. Unfortunately, the majority of these owners are chavs and they get SBTs. Just look at how many stories there are in the press where a bull terrier owned by a chavs has attacked other dogs or people. edstar
  • Score: 5

2:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

balhamite says...

I totally agree that the penalties for abusing animals should be stronger. 5 years for doing that! Utterly, utterly pathetic. She should be banned from having an animal for life - I just don't believe that someone who could do that to an animal is somehow going to turn into a loving owner in 5 years time.

Sad to see yet another staffie end up like this, because they are lovely tempered dogs that have the misfortune of looking "tough", so attract the wrong kind of owner (chavs, low-lifes, whatever term you want to choose).
I totally agree that the penalties for abusing animals should be stronger. 5 years for doing that! Utterly, utterly pathetic. She should be banned from having an animal for life - I just don't believe that someone who could do that to an animal is somehow going to turn into a loving owner in 5 years time. Sad to see yet another staffie end up like this, because they are lovely tempered dogs that have the misfortune of looking "tough", so attract the wrong kind of owner (chavs, low-lifes, whatever term you want to choose). balhamite
  • Score: 12

3:13pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Tony from Surbiton says...

Always loads of comments when an animal is involved, but rarely comments when such violence involves a human. Interesting - although I'm not making light of these awful acts of course.
Always loads of comments when an animal is involved, but rarely comments when such violence involves a human. Interesting - although I'm not making light of these awful acts of course. Tony from Surbiton
  • Score: -5

3:41pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Spice75 says...

typical of scum bag ! they can t keep dogs properly and in healthy condition. Those moron use this poor dogs for fight and drugs dealing. Why the police and the law, start putting all this stupid idiots ,in the prison and leave them there for life !
typical of scum bag ! they can t keep dogs properly and in healthy condition. Those moron use this poor dogs for fight and drugs dealing. Why the police and the law, start putting all this stupid idiots ,in the prison and leave them there for life ! Spice75
  • Score: 8

4:53pm Wed 18 Jun 14

balhamite says...

Tony - imagine if someone had done that to a human. They would be named, shamed, jailed for at least 5 years. Plus, look at who is looking after the dog: a charity. If that had happened to a human it wouldn't be down to a charity that gets no public money to sort out the mess.

So enough of the criticism that we care too much about animals and not enough about people. I think it is a great thing about us that we rally around when a dog/cat/horse etc is mistreated. Restores my faith in the human race (a bit).
Tony - imagine if someone had done that to a human. They would be named, shamed, jailed for at least 5 years. Plus, look at who is looking after the dog: a charity. If that had happened to a human it wouldn't be down to a charity that gets no public money to sort out the mess. So enough of the criticism that we care too much about animals and not enough about people. I think it is a great thing about us that we rally around when a dog/cat/horse etc is mistreated. Restores my faith in the human race (a bit). balhamite
  • Score: 6

7:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

motomoto says...

@jswan1 and edstar.......i don't know if you saw a tv programme about 6 weeks ago about dangerous dogs and the work of council dog wardens
(programme was filmed mainly in birmingham i think) and also there is a current tv series called dog rescuers (on channel 5)........i myself own a staffordshire bull terrier, she is an rspca rescue dog we have had her for approx 7 months and not had any problems with her.......same colour as the one in the above photo's.
I am not a chav nor a council tenant but have you noticed that whenever you read about dog attacks or hear about them in the news it is always on council estates where these incidents occur.......it never happens to working class people it's always the chav low life can't work won't work under class scum who ruin everything for everyone else !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@jswan1 and edstar.......i don't know if you saw a tv programme about 6 weeks ago about dangerous dogs and the work of council dog wardens (programme was filmed mainly in birmingham i think) and also there is a current tv series called dog rescuers (on channel 5)........i myself own a staffordshire bull terrier, she is an rspca rescue dog we have had her for approx 7 months and not had any problems with her.......same colour as the one in the above photo's. I am not a chav nor a council tenant but have you noticed that whenever you read about dog attacks or hear about them in the news it is always on council estates where these incidents occur.......it never happens to working class people it's always the chav low life can't work won't work under class scum who ruin everything for everyone else !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! motomoto
  • Score: 8

7:58pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

The Staffie is a much maligned breed. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has a slogan 'Staffies ae Softer than you Think'.
The Staffie is a much maligned breed. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has a slogan 'Staffies ae Softer than you Think'. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 9

12:41pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Surreydon says...

Dani78 wrote:
alroutemaster yet another **** comment by you... what makes you think they are all illeagl immigrants? racism at its finest, god help if you ever need medical help by a foreigner..
Oh dear, another pathetic race card played!
Read again the comment alroutemaster made, and you'll see that he said "All of those scum need jailing and, IF APPROPRIATE, deporting".
What is racist about that statement. Might I suggest that your comment is highly inappropriate!
[quote][p][bold]Dani78[/bold] wrote: alroutemaster yet another **** comment by you... what makes you think they are all illeagl immigrants? racism at its finest, god help if you ever need medical help by a foreigner..[/p][/quote]Oh dear, another pathetic race card played! Read again the comment alroutemaster made, and you'll see that he said "All of those scum need jailing and, IF APPROPRIATE, deporting". What is racist about that statement. Might I suggest that your comment is highly inappropriate! Surreydon
  • Score: 6

7:00pm Sun 22 Jun 14

cfc241974 says...

alroutemaster wrote:
No evidence offered as to was this poor animal being used in illegal dog fighting? I would not be surprised, as many are saying lots of low lifes and chavs own these dogs, but also drug dealers and similar, who are involved in fighting. All of those scum need jailing and, if appropriate, deporting.
They would jail these people,but our jails are at bursting point,if they deported the foreign nationals that are cramming our jails, there would be plenty of room,FACT, SO PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT.DANI78.Does that make me a racist.
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: No evidence offered as to was this poor animal being used in illegal dog fighting? I would not be surprised, as many are saying lots of low lifes and chavs own these dogs, but also drug dealers and similar, who are involved in fighting. All of those scum need jailing and, if appropriate, deporting.[/p][/quote]They would jail these people,but our jails are at bursting point,if they deported the foreign nationals that are cramming our jails, there would be plenty of room,FACT, SO PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT.DANI78.Does that make me a racist. cfc241974
  • Score: 7

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