Chunky, a one-year-old Chihuahua crossbreed puppy has survived a brutal and terrifying ordeal after being stolen from his home by a gang of teenagers ‘on drugs’.
Investigators said the dog had been kicked, punched, fed drugs, set on fire and had his neck broken before being discovered.
RSPCA inspector Caroline Doe said:
This was the most disturbing case I have dealt with – by an absolute mile. Chunky was found with a broken leg and neck, and with burns all over his face and eyes. He must have suffered horrendously for hours as the senseless torture took place for the amusement of these boys.
Chunky was eventually found on a rubbish tip next to a busy road in Margate the following evening. His injuries were so severe that even with top veterinary care and pain medication he continued to suffer for at least six days after the attack.
Although he has been reunited with his owners and has physically recovered from his ordeal, the RSPCA think he will always be timid because of the barbaric treatment he endured.
Ms Doe added:
The whole thing sends shivers down my spine. The defendants may have been young and confessed to being under the influence of drugs but the cruelty they inflicted on this poor dog was extreme, barbaric and inexcusable. It is a miracle he survived.
According to The Telegraph, the four offenders responsible, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted cruelly ill-treating the animal in a way which they knew would cause him to suffer unnecessarily. All four teenagers were given referral orders and have been banned from owning animals for five years. One paid £1,000 in fines, two £500 each, whilst the father of the fourth boy had to pay £5,800.
Sometimes, punishments just don’t seem enough do they? Lifetime ban on owning animals would be about right.