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Animal owner given life ban for beating dog

A DOG owner who was heard beating his animals has been banned from keeping pets for life, at Solihull Magistrates Court last week

A DOG owner who was heard beating his animals has been banned from keeping pets for life, at Solihull Magistrates Court last week

Neighbours of Alistair Tross, of Firtree Road, Erdington, first heard the defendant beating Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Ben in 2008, the court heard.

The following year, when Tross also acquired a bitch called Shola and nine puppies, the resident of the flat below Rita Rogers reported further beating to the council who installed monitoring equipment which recorded “heavy blows then screaming”, said Nick Sutton, prosecuting.

But before action could be taken, the dogs disappeared. Tross later claimed in interview that they had run away.

In 2011, the 45-year-old got a new dog, a Highland West Terrier called Olly, and in May Mr Sutton said neighbours heard “a prolonged attack where the animal was screaming for several minutes”.

On May 20, the dog was seized by the RSPCA and the vet found he was tender and had a slight lameness in his leg. He was also hand-shy, “an indication where an animal has been subjected to beating,” added Mr Sutton.

Mr Neale defending, said Tross was receiving care for drug problems and had been on methadone for three years. Tross was sentenced to a two-year supervision order and received a life ban from keeping pets and was ordered to pay £500 legal costs.

RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal said: “I’m very grateful to Rita Rogers and the other witnesses for reporting the case. Mrs Rogers is retired and heard an animal being beaten over a very extended period which caused her distress.

“The RSPCA rely on the public to report cruelty and we couldn’t have done this without the police.”

Ms Boal added she was keen to find Olly a new home but that he remain in kennels for now as Tross was threatening to appeal.

 

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