Shocking animal cruelty cases in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire

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A Staffordshire bull terrier dumped in woodland with head injuries had been tied to a pole so tightly that she’d had to stand completely still to avoid being choked.

The incident was just one of the shocking cruelty cases dealt with by the RSPCA in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire last year.

Staffordshire bull terrier Aly.

Staffordshire bull terrier Aly.

Annual prosecution figures released by the charity revealed a total of 21 people in South Yorkshire and 27 people in Derbyshire were prosecuted for cruelty against animals in 2013.

The young female Staffordshire bull terrier, named Aly by RSPCA staff, had sustained blunt trauma to her right eye and skull area, resulting in the loss of sight in one eye, before being abandoned in Barnsley.

The RSPCA launched an investigation – but sadly has not found the person responsible.

Aly is now being cared for at the RSPCA Sheffield branch and is looking for a permanent loving home.

In a separate South Yorkshire case, a man and woman were convicted in court after they allowed a Great Dane cross and her three puppies to fend for themselves in a flimsy outdoor shelter, which was strewn with faeces.

Despite vets’ efforts, one pup died and another had to be put to sleep to prevent it suffering further.

Courtney and her one surviving puppy, Eve, have since found loving new owners through the RSPCA.

The 53-year-old man and the 21-year-old woman, from the Doncaster area, were disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.

He received a three month curfew order and she received a one year supervision order. They were both ordered to pay £250 costs.

In a third case, a man in Chesterfield battered a dog so ferociously he tried to cover his cruelty by claiming the pet had been hit by a car.

Daisy, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was found dead packed into a holdall in the man’s cellar with multiple head and rib fractured.

RSPCA inspector Mick Darling said: “This was an extremely horrific and disturbing case and it was horrendous that a dog was stuffed into a holdall after being subjected to such a horrific attack.”

The man pleaded guilty to four offences of causing unnecessary suffering and had a second dog seized from his home. He was disqualified from keeping animals for life and given 23 weeks’ imprisonment.

National figures reveal dogs are still the animal most likely to be involved in cruelty cases, with 2,505 related convictions.

But, overall, prosecutions in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire were down from the previous year.

RSPCA chief David Bowles said although the numbers of convictions had decreased in most areas, there is still ‘a culture of cruelty’.