Man jailed for cutting off puppy's tail

Jack the puppy

Walter Doe

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A man has been jailed for brutally cutting off a puppy's tail.

RSCPA inspectors who found the cowering eight-week-old Jask Russell said he would have been in “excruciating pain” when his cruel owner Walter Doe cut through his tail with a knife or scissors.

Doe, 24, of Campbell Close, Uckfield, claimed he did not realise the puppy - called Jack - would suffer, but magistrates found him guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy and failing to seek veterinary treatment for his open wound.

He was jailed for 12 weeks and banned from keeping animals for ten years when he appeared Hastings Magistrates' Court.

It was also ordered that Jack would be permanently taken away from Doe.

A concerned member of the public called the RSPCA after seeing poor Jack suffering.

When inspector Andrew Kirby visited Doe's home he found the subdued puppy with a bandage wrapped around the remaining two-inches of his tail.

A vet found that the raw wound must have been caused by a sharp tool like a knife or scissors, but the implement was never found.

Jack then had to have an operation to remove the remaining stump of his tail.

Mr Kirby, who gave evidence in court on Monday, was so touched by Jack's plight he decided to give him a safe new home.

He said: “We have no proof about what was used to dock Jack's tail, but whether it was a knife or a pair of scissors, he would have been in agony.

“Cutting through the bone of the tail must have been excruciatingly painful and no attempt at all was made to relieve this pain.

“Jack was very quiet and subdued when I found him which is hardly surprising if you think about what he had gone through.

“But he soon came out of his shell and is such a lovely little dog despite everything - and I really took his case to heart, so much so that I have decided to adopt him myself.

“I just want to give him a happy forever home so he can forget his tough start in life.

“Tail docking is such a brutal way to treat a young animal in any case. As well as the pain is causes, it is just completely unnecessary and deprives the animal of their best means of expression and balance. We urge people to remember that is it is against the law for a reason.

“The prison sentence reflects how seriously the court took the suffering caused to the puppy.”

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said that they continue to see a worrying number of cases of dogs like Jack being brutalised for cosmetic reasons.

Anyone with any information about a case of animal cruelty should call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999.

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6:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Seagull68 says...

12 f*****g weeks? Is that it? It is a disgrace.
12 f*****g weeks? Is that it? It is a disgrace. Seagull68
  • Score: 78

7:42pm Tue 15 Apr 14

babsticals says...

F....NG DISGUSTING! WHAT LOWLIFE SCUM ! IHOPE YOU ROT IN HELL.
F....NG DISGUSTING! WHAT LOWLIFE SCUM ! IHOPE YOU ROT IN HELL. babsticals
  • Score: 63

8:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

MrsFreeps says...

Poor doggy. Hope this scumbag gets his come uppance in jail. Evil scum like this should have their hands cut off!
Poor doggy. Hope this scumbag gets his come uppance in jail. Evil scum like this should have their hands cut off! MrsFreeps
  • Score: 46

10:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Nellie's Grandson says...

I could think of something better than his hands.
I could think of something better than his hands. Nellie's Grandson
  • Score: 48

9:28am Wed 16 Apr 14

plantwoman says...

Poor little mite - thank goodness he's safe now.

Walter Doe, you need stringing up!!!
Poor little mite - thank goodness he's safe now. Walter Doe, you need stringing up!!! plantwoman
  • Score: 28

9:32am Wed 16 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ! B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -49

9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14

spa301 says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not.
Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both.
Tw4t
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ![/p][/quote]Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t spa301
  • Score: 49

10:15am Wed 16 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

Just give me 5 minutes with this piece of s..t! Good on the RSPCA inspector Mr Kirby for helping to convict this animal abuser and giving the poor little mite a loving home - I applaud you. This sadistic b.....d should never ever be allowed to ownership of any animal again. I hope his cell mates read the Argus!
Just give me 5 minutes with this piece of s..t! Good on the RSPCA inspector Mr Kirby for helping to convict this animal abuser and giving the poor little mite a loving home - I applaud you. This sadistic b.....d should never ever be allowed to ownership of any animal again. I hope his cell mates read the Argus! Juleyanne
  • Score: 30

10:19am Wed 16 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

Give me 5 minutes with this sadistic b.....d. Good on Mr Kirby for convicting this animal abuser and for giving this poor little mite a loving home.
Hopefully, his cell mates read the Argus!
Give me 5 minutes with this sadistic b.....d. Good on Mr Kirby for convicting this animal abuser and for giving this poor little mite a loving home. Hopefully, his cell mates read the Argus! Juleyanne
  • Score: 17

10:22am Wed 16 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

It shows the mentality of this cruel guy when he names a Jack russell JACK.
It shows the mentality of this cruel guy when he names a Jack russell JACK. clubrob6
  • Score: -7

10:52am Wed 16 Apr 14

MrsFreeps says...

Nellie's Grandson wrote:
I could think of something better than his hands.
I totally agree, I was hoping the other prisoners might do that! I just thought if his hands were cut off, he wouldnt be able to do anything like this again. Put him in a cage of lions and let them maul him to death!
[quote][p][bold]Nellie's Grandson[/bold] wrote: I could think of something better than his hands.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, I was hoping the other prisoners might do that! I just thought if his hands were cut off, he wouldnt be able to do anything like this again. Put him in a cage of lions and let them maul him to death! MrsFreeps
  • Score: 10

11:25am Wed 16 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

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9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14

spa301 says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not.
Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both.
Tw4t.

I see the 'animal rights' activists are as violent as ever with their use of language, of course the next stop is bombing people who do not share their foolish, sentimental view of the world. You are probably the sort of idiot who demonstrates against vivisection - though still expects to be given medicines tested on animals when ill. Your 'compassion' is no more than ego in disguise.
. 9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14 spa301 says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ! Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t. I see the 'animal rights' activists are as violent as ever with their use of language, of course the next stop is bombing people who do not share their foolish, sentimental view of the world. You are probably the sort of idiot who demonstrates against vivisection - though still expects to be given medicines tested on animals when ill. Your 'compassion' is no more than ego in disguise. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -24

11:32am Wed 16 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

spa301 wrote:
B rian Tawses left foot wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t
You are entirely missing the point here (whether accidentally or purposefully I do not know), which speaks for itself really.

Acts of unimagineable cruelty against humans are described here every day, yet few if any of them ever get this number of comments (unless BHCC, travellers or squatters are in some way involved) but a dog is harmed and look at the response.

As for "Humans have the power to change their circumstances" you are obviously better informed than I am- perhaps you could explain to me why 1 million people (Lets put that in perspective- over 2% of the population) are now reliant on food banks in the UK?

And using abusive language, even with minor spelling changes, does little to convince people of either the point you are trying to make or your intelligence and social conscience.
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ![/p][/quote]Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t[/p][/quote]You are entirely missing the point here (whether accidentally or purposefully I do not know), which speaks for itself really. Acts of unimagineable cruelty against humans are described here every day, yet few if any of them ever get this number of comments (unless BHCC, travellers or squatters are in some way involved) but a dog is harmed and look at the response. As for "Humans have the power to change their circumstances" you are obviously better informed than I am- perhaps you could explain to me why 1 million people (Lets put that in perspective- over 2% of the population) are now reliant on food banks in the UK? And using abusive language, even with minor spelling changes, does little to convince people of either the point you are trying to make or your intelligence and social conscience. Goldenwight
  • Score: -10

12:01pm Wed 16 Apr 14

spa301 says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
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9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14

spa301 says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not.
Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both.
Tw4t.

I see the 'animal rights' activists are as violent as ever with their use of language, of course the next stop is bombing people who do not share their foolish, sentimental view of the world. You are probably the sort of idiot who demonstrates against vivisection - though still expects to be given medicines tested on animals when ill. Your 'compassion' is no more than ego in disguise.
Wow... now I'm an animal activist, a potential bomber, foolish, sentimental, idiot, vivisection demonstrator with no compassion but a big ego!!
What an insightful, level headed response.
How old are you? 12
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: . 9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14 spa301 says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ! Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t. I see the 'animal rights' activists are as violent as ever with their use of language, of course the next stop is bombing people who do not share their foolish, sentimental view of the world. You are probably the sort of idiot who demonstrates against vivisection - though still expects to be given medicines tested on animals when ill. Your 'compassion' is no more than ego in disguise.[/p][/quote]Wow... now I'm an animal activist, a potential bomber, foolish, sentimental, idiot, vivisection demonstrator with no compassion but a big ego!! What an insightful, level headed response. How old are you? 12 spa301
  • Score: 15

12:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

spa301 says...

Goldenwight wrote:
spa301 wrote:
B rian Tawses left foot wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t
You are entirely missing the point here (whether accidentally or purposefully I do not know), which speaks for itself really.

Acts of unimagineable cruelty against humans are described here every day, yet few if any of them ever get this number of comments (unless BHCC, travellers or squatters are in some way involved) but a dog is harmed and look at the response.

As for "Humans have the power to change their circumstances" you are obviously better informed than I am- perhaps you could explain to me why 1 million people (Lets put that in perspective- over 2% of the population) are now reliant on food banks in the UK?

And using abusive language, even with minor spelling changes, does little to convince people of either the point you are trying to make or your intelligence and social conscience.
Please tell me about these acts of unimaginable cruelty described here every day?
Normally the Argus lead story is on the lines of 'a bin has been set fire on in Seaford' Cutting edge human tragedy stories are really not their forte.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ![/p][/quote]Humans have the power to change their circumstances. Animals do not. Who are you to say that I, as a member of the public, walk past the homeless without helping? It is possible to have compassion for both. Tw4t[/p][/quote]You are entirely missing the point here (whether accidentally or purposefully I do not know), which speaks for itself really. Acts of unimagineable cruelty against humans are described here every day, yet few if any of them ever get this number of comments (unless BHCC, travellers or squatters are in some way involved) but a dog is harmed and look at the response. As for "Humans have the power to change their circumstances" you are obviously better informed than I am- perhaps you could explain to me why 1 million people (Lets put that in perspective- over 2% of the population) are now reliant on food banks in the UK? And using abusive language, even with minor spelling changes, does little to convince people of either the point you are trying to make or your intelligence and social conscience.[/p][/quote]Please tell me about these acts of unimaginable cruelty described here every day? Normally the Argus lead story is on the lines of 'a bin has been set fire on in Seaford' Cutting edge human tragedy stories are really not their forte. spa301
  • Score: 8

1:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

DisillusionedBtowner says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman !
I'm pretty sure if someone cut off a denfenceless baby homeless-person's tail there would be outcry also...
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: As ever the great British public weep buckets over a dog but walk past their homeless, destitute fellow humans without batting an eyelid. Sentimentalists to a man and woman ![/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure if someone cut off a denfenceless baby homeless-person's tail there would be outcry also... DisillusionedBtowner
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

grabur says...

Perhaps the perp here, really didn't have a clue that he'd inflict pain on he dog.

Some people do think animals are without feelings.

If there was malice involved, then it's hard to comprehend the wickedness involved.

I remember reading an Argus story where some children cut the ears off a cat. Children can be cruel, if they don't know better. You'd expect better from grown ups.

My brother's cat was most likely poisoned to death (very slow and agonising) by a neighbour. And others would be happy to shoot some of these domestic animals given the chance.

Other animal abuses occur daily, and I'm sure if the public really had a clue about where their food came from, and all that is involved, they'd think twice.

A little more compassion towards both: humans and animals would be a good.

I hope the puppy gets a loving home and forgets the ordeal.
Perhaps the perp here, really didn't have a clue that he'd inflict pain on he dog. Some people do think animals are without feelings. If there was malice involved, then it's hard to comprehend the wickedness involved. I remember reading an Argus story where some children cut the ears off a cat. Children can be cruel, if they don't know better. You'd expect better from grown ups. My brother's cat was most likely poisoned to death (very slow and agonising) by a neighbour. And others would be happy to shoot some of these domestic animals given the chance. Other animal abuses occur daily, and I'm sure if the public really had a clue about where their food came from, and all that is involved, they'd think twice. A little more compassion towards both: humans and animals would be a good. I hope the puppy gets a loving home and forgets the ordeal. grabur
  • Score: 6

3:33pm Wed 16 Apr 14

peterthomas says...

Derisory senrtence as usual in limp wrist England which seems to folllow a "look after the trash" philosophy - also, this sub life "didn't realise the dog would suffer" - scum like this really shouldn't be sharing our oxygen.
Derisory senrtence as usual in limp wrist England which seems to folllow a "look after the trash" philosophy - also, this sub life "didn't realise the dog would suffer" - scum like this really shouldn't be sharing our oxygen. peterthomas
  • Score: 7

4:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

babsticals says...

peterthomas wrote:
Derisory senrtence as usual in limp wrist England which seems to folllow a "look after the trash" philosophy - also, this sub life "didn't realise the dog would suffer" - scum like this really shouldn't be sharing our oxygen.
Could not agree more! Cannot understand why you are getting negative feedback on your comment.
[quote][p][bold]peterthomas[/bold] wrote: Derisory senrtence as usual in limp wrist England which seems to folllow a "look after the trash" philosophy - also, this sub life "didn't realise the dog would suffer" - scum like this really shouldn't be sharing our oxygen.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more! Cannot understand why you are getting negative feedback on your comment. babsticals
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Wed 16 Apr 14

hoveguyactually says...

12 weeks? That is ludicrous. It should be 12 years. What on earth is the matter with the judiciary in this country, that such an evil monster should get off so lightly?
Why does it have to be either/or with some individuals? Cruelty is cruelty, whether towards humans or animals. Both instigators deserve very severe punishment. Unfortunately in this crazy liberal country they don't get it.
12 weeks? That is ludicrous. It should be 12 years. What on earth is the matter with the judiciary in this country, that such an evil monster should get off so lightly? Why does it have to be either/or with some individuals? Cruelty is cruelty, whether towards humans or animals. Both instigators deserve very severe punishment. Unfortunately in this crazy liberal country they don't get it. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Wed 16 Apr 14

HoveKaty says...

Here we go again. On the rate occasion that I read the comments left regarding different stories, why is it that respondents end up attacking each other? We are all entitled to our own views with receiving vitriol in return.
Here we go again. On the rate occasion that I read the comments left regarding different stories, why is it that respondents end up attacking each other? We are all entitled to our own views with receiving vitriol in return. HoveKaty
  • Score: -3

6:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Sir Prised says...

Amazing that we can jail a guy for cutting off a dog's tail - with which I totally agree - yet allow twelve abattoirs where animal have their throats cut and are then hung up and allowed to bleed to death! How can any civilised country be so gullible to the demands of a personal belief system? High time the appalling practice was put to a referendum.
Amazing that we can jail a guy for cutting off a dog's tail - with which I totally agree - yet allow twelve abattoirs where animal have their throats cut and are then hung up and allowed to bleed to death! How can any civilised country be so gullible to the demands of a personal belief system? High time the appalling practice was put to a referendum. Sir Prised
  • Score: 10

7:29pm Wed 16 Apr 14

hubby says...

There sure are some sickos around.
There sure are some sickos around. hubby
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

I hope Walter Doe gets cancer of the eyes.
I hope Walter Doe gets cancer of the eyes. NathanAdler
  • Score: 4

8:35am Fri 18 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

NathanAdler says...

I hope Walter Doe gets cancer of the eyes.

The 'animal rights' brigade display their usual hatred for their fellow humans.
NathanAdler says... I hope Walter Doe gets cancer of the eyes. The 'animal rights' brigade display their usual hatred for their fellow humans. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 1

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