‘Psychopath’ jailed for battering pet to death

NDET 1-5-13 MC 1'Richard Canlin RSPCA case
NDET 1-5-13 MC 1'Richard Canlin RSPCA case

A ‘psychopath’ who battered his dog to death and seriously injured another has been jailed for 23 weeks.

Canlin battered his dogs so ferociously that he tried to cover his cruelty by claiming his dogs had been involved in a road traffic collision.

Richard Canlin arrives in a taxi with his head covered to Chesterfield Magistrates Court

Richard Canlin arrives in a taxi with his head covered to Chesterfield Magistrates Court

The body of Daisy, a white Staffy, was found in a holdall in Canlin’s cellar last year.

She had suffered multiple head traumas and fractured ribs.

Canlin was also charged with failing to provide veterinary care for an eye injury.

A second dog, Staffy-cross Leyla, was found four months later, cowering at the top of the stairs suffering from head injuries.

The crimes, of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to provide appropriate veterinary treatment, date from last April to October.

Brian Orsborn prosecuting said the dogs had suffered deliberate blows to the head.

RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse said it had been a “disturbing and horrific” case.

Felicity Clarke, defending, said Canlin, who suffers from psychopathic tendencies, had learning disabilities.

She said: “He has the lowest capacity of intelligence. 99 per cent of the population are more intelligent than him.”

She added after the crimes came to light and were featured on the front page of the Derbyshire Times it had a grave impact on his life and his family had cut him off.

Canlin was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.