THEY CROW ABOUT PROSECUTING MARTIN LIGHTFOOT FOR HITTING HIS DOG WITH HIS CRUTCHES.
DOUBLE STANDARDS OR WHAT !
Martin John Lightfoot, from Whitchurch, was also given a three-year conditional discharge, told to hand over his two dogs to the RSPCA and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and costs after admitting the offences before Market Drayton magistrates at court yesterday.
Their comments come almost a year after 36-year-old Lightfoot was seen beating his dog Poppy, a boxer crossbreed, on January 24 last year at Pepper Street, Whitchurch.
“We’re pleased with the 10-year ban on keeping animals and want to thank the witnesses who helped.”
Lightfoot had been due to stand trial yesterday for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, but he changed his plea to guilty.
His legal team argued that he was battling alcoholism and had not “seriously injured” Poppy in the incident.
Following the case Mr Dunderdale also hit out at Lightfoot for entering a guilty plea so late in the proceedings - allowing the charity’s costs to mount up.
“For us it’s not a question of the costs because we are prepared to take that on,” he said.
“If someone is cruel to animals it’s worth the cost to see them get a ban like this one.”