A man is accused of setting fire to a puppy, injuring her leg, and breaking her skull.
A COURT HEARED that a young man inflicted terrible injuries on a pet.
James Wright-King, 23, is accused of burning the pug’s back, injuring her rear limb, and breaking her head, among other injuries. Ruby, the puppy, is claimed to have been injured several times over the course of a three-month period.
Wright-King and Jasmine Lee Smith, 19, appeared in Teesside Magistrates Court to deny the offences they face.
The teen admitted to two counts of failing to follow veterinary advice and failing to provide a safe environment in relation to the leg injuries.
Wright-King denied causing needless pain to a protected species, according to Teesside Live.
He is accused of inflicting a “non-accidental” harm on a pug puppy that resulted in a burn on the animal’s back on or about August 24, last year, and knowing, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act would have that consequence or be likely to do so.
In a second charge, he denies inflicting unnecessary suffering on the same dog at the same address on October 10 last year by inflicting a non-accidental injury on her that resulted in injury to the dog’s right hind leg, knowing or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so, and that he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.
He further denies the third charge, that on or about November 17 last year at the same address, he inflicted a non-accidental injury on Ruby, resulting in a cracked skull and other serious injuries, and knew or should reasonably have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.
Between October 26 and November 9, last year, Smith denied causing Ruby needless suffering by failing to follow veterinarian advice.
She further denied causing Ruby needless suffering between August 24 and November 17 last year by failing to follow veterinary advice, failing to provide a safe and sufficient environment for the puppy, and failing to exercise reasonable care and supervision.
Wright-King was also charged with those offenses, and the court was told he will plead guilty to those two charges alone, claiming he was solely responsible because the dog was in his care.
In September, the pair from Middlesbrough, Teesside, will stand trial.