Puppy abuser guilty of ‘horrendous’ cruelty munches McDonald’s as last free meal

A thug who abused a puppy which led to the poor pooch's death grabbed a McDonald's as his last meal before prison.

James Wright-King was pictured tucking into fast food as magistrates left the courtroom to determine his sentencing on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old was found guilty at Teesside Magistrates’ Court of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after his “horrendous” crimes which left pug puppy Ruby with a fractured skull, burnt back, damaged hind leg and multiple other injuries.

Wright-King returned to court after his McDonald's to be jailed for six months and slapped with a 25 year ban from keeping animals, TeessideLive reports.

He appeared alongside Jasmine Lee Smith for sentencing.

The court heard how the Hemlington pair pleaded not guilty to the charges, but were later found guilty after trial.

Wright-King caused unnecessary suffering to Ruby on August 24, last year, at his home address by inflicting a "non accidental" injury resulting in a burn on the animal's back and that he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.

In a second charge, which he also denied, he caused unnecessary suffering to the same dog on October 10, last year, by inflicting a non accidental injury on her resulting in injury to the dog's right hind leg.

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The court also heard how Ruby's skull was fractured, as well as other severe injuries, by Wright-King on November 17.

Smith also denied two offences relating to failing to follow veterinary advice in relation to the leg injury and failing to provide a safe environment.

She caused unnecessary suffering to Ruby by filing to follow veterinary advice between October 26 and November 9 last year, the court found.

The court also found that Smith caused unnecessary suffering to Ruby between August 24 and November 17 last year, by failing to follow veterinary advice and failing to provide a safe and suitable environment for the puppy and failing to exercise reasonable care and supervision in respect of the animal.

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Wright-King also faced those allegations and previously pleaded guilty on the grounds he was solely responsible as the dog was completely under his care.

The bench added that Wright-King “deliberately injured the dog” causing “suffering and injury”.

As Wright-King was handcuffed to a court officer, he was told that the “animal died as a result of your actions”.

He must also pay £600 court costs and £128 victim surcharge.

Smith, of Raydale, Hemlington, was handed an 18 month community order with 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 150 hours of unpaid work.

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