A DOG owner who let his pet suffer with a ‘horrific’ injured tail for almost a month has been fined.
Christopher Didsbury formerly of Chelmsford Way, Barrow Hill appeared before Chesterfield Magistrates Court on May 10.
Didsbury, 23, who now lives in Crewe, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bella, who was found by RSPCA inspectors with around four inches missing from the end of her tail.
Brian Orsborn prosecuting, said bone and tissue were exposed and the injury would have caused the dog discomfort.
Jobless Didsbury said he did not know how the tail was injured.
He bought tablets from Pets at Home and bandaged the tail on a daily basis.
He handed Bella over to the RSPCA on January 16, almost a month after the injury was first reported.
District judge Andrew Davison said the injury looked ‘horrific’ in photos.
He added: “It’s a serious matter in a number of ways because of the obvious suffering incurred by this poor dog.”
Didsbury was fined £110 and £500 costs and banned from keeping animals for four years.
Sadly Bella was later put to sleep after the RSPCA were unable to rehabilitate her.