A court heard that a man beat a dog so badly that it ended up urinating blood.
John McLellan claimed that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, called Bam, bit his nose before he launched an attack lasting 30 minutes.
Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard it was so severe that a neighbour could hear ‘continuous thuds and yelping’ through a wall.
A vet said the dog’s injuries were consistent with being kicked. Bam’s testicles and abdomens were injured and bubbles of air were evident in a check-up and is still receiving treatment four months on.
An RSPCA inspector told the court: ‘This is not an impulsive one-off attack. It was a prolonged attack. [Bam] couldn’t sit down and he was very sore.’
McLellan, 36, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but denied that the attack was as ferocious as the RSPCA claims.
His solicitor said the injuries would have been far greater if the attack was as bad as portrayed in court.
His next court appearance is on December 6 when Bam’s owner Denise Jaffray will give evidence to the court.