Dog owner is jailed for slashing pet 31 times with 'sharp bladed instrument'
A 21-YEAR-OLD woman found guilty of slashing her pet dog 31 times in one of the 'worst cases of animal cruelty' ever seen in North Staffordshire, has been jailed for 20 weeks.
Kim Edmonds, of Lily Street, Wolstanton, carried out the attack on her 14-year-old Springer Spaniel Stig on September 7, then cut herself in a bid to fool police into thinking an intruder was responsible for the injuries.
At Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates Court yesterday, she was jailed for 20 weeks and given an unlimited ban on keeping animals.
District Judge David Taylor – who rejected an appeal to adjourn sentencing to wait for a psychiatric report – told her: "You caused 31 separate wounds, the largest being eight inches long and which exposed muscle.
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"Other injuries involved burning to the muzzle, eyes, ears and back.
"This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty this court would have seen."
Mr Taylor said he would have imposed the maximum sentence available to him – six months in prison – if the injuries had been caused over a sustained period of time.
He said he also showed leniency due to an emotional disorder which Edmonds has been diagnosed with.
Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Jayne Bashford said: "I think the judge has made a very considered verdict and the sentence reflects the severity of the injuries Stig received.
"Edmonds made a 999 call to police to say both she and the dog had been attacked in the rear garden of her home.
"Police referred the investigation to us and it became very evident, very quickly, that the account she had given could not be true.
"It has been a very long and complicated inquiry, which has involved forensic doctors to prove that the wounds she sustained had been caused by herself.
"Therefore, the one person who could have been responsible for the injuries to Stig was her.
"There were 31 separate cuts and lacerations to his body, mainly his head, ears and back, caused by a sharp bladed instrument.
"The cuts were extremely deep, going through all layers of skin and tissue and exposing muscles below. It is one of the worst cases I have ever seen.
"The injuries were deliberately inflicted on a family pet, by his owner."
Stig has since been rehomed, along with Daniel, another Springer Spaniel also owned by Edmonds and her husband Daniel.
Stig, who had been given a home by Mr Edmonds eight-years ago from a rescue centre, has recovered following surgery.
The hearing was attended by protesters who met over a Facebook group called Justice For Stig and Daniel, set up to campaign for a tougher sentence.
Michelle Whitmore, aged 43, of Milehouse, said: "It's a paltry sentence. It should be at least five years."