Man jailed for attack on pet dog

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A CAREER criminal who launched an “horrific” attack on his pet dog is behind bars.

Jayson Hardwick, 34, of Staveley Road, Poolsbrook, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his dog, Sky, at Chesterfield magistrates’ court.

The court heard how Hardwick had been walking the dog on the afternoon of June 11.

When they returned to his property, Sky – a brindle and white English bull terrier type bitch – stopped and appeared “very reluctant” to go inside.

Hardwick approached the animal, grabbed her by the scruff of her neck, threw her into the front door then kicked her several times, the court heard.

Brian Orsborn, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “The dog’s head hit the front door, causing potential injury, fear and distress.

“This was totally aggressive behaviour and he used unnecessary force.”

In mitigation, Jon Barber said: “He (Hardwick) is greatly upset by this incident.

“The dog didn’t want to go inside and he accepts that for a moment he lost his temper.

“The dog was well-loved and well looked after.”

Mr Barber said Hardwick suffered from mental health, drink and drug problems.

He added that Hardwick was a “career criminal” and had stacked up 74 convictions since 1994.

Hardwick was jailed for 16 weeks and banned from keeping animals for ten years.

The dog has been taken away from him and is in the care of the RSPCA.

Speaking after the case last Thursday, Nicola Walker, of the RSPCA, said: “This was an horrific and unnecessary act on a defenceless animal.

“The sentence reflects how serious the court took this offence,” she added.

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michael.broomhead

@derbyshiretimes.co.uk