A DOG owner from Olton has been banned from keeping animals for life for brutally beating his pet.
David Cartwright subjected his female bull terrier, called Missy, to ‘an extended regime of brutal’ beatings which lasted up to 30 minutes each, a judge was told.
The 29-year-old was caught when police and RSPCA inspectors were alerted by worried neighbours at his former address who repeatedly heard the animal scream out in pain.
Nick Sutton, prosecuting, said the beatings happened up to three times a week for around two months.
Mr Sutton said officials visited Cartwright’s old home in Culford Drive, Castle Bromwich, when one of the beatings was happening on March 19.
He said neighbours had reported hearing the dog whimpering and being struck, kicked and dragged across the floor.
He said they were shown a bedroom where Missy was kept and the smell of urine and faeces was “almost unbearable”.
Mr Sutton said the maisonette was in a very bad condition and, when interviewed, Cartwight admitted that when he had a bad day he would “take it out on the dog.”
He said Missy had bruising to her head, a swollen left ear and showed fear when approached.
Cartwright, now of Warwick Road, Olton, admitted four charges of animal cruelty. He was also fined £500 by Deputy District Judge David Murray.
The judge accepted Cartwright had failed to appreciate the suffering he had caused because he suffered from mental problems. Adam Carrolan, defending, said Cartwright’s condition was on the autistic spectrum.