March 2021

Sick Leeds abuser banned from keeping animals

A 40-year-old man from Leeds has been banned from keeping animals after he violently abused his Labrador puppy causing 30 rib fractures.

Lee James Bradley inflicted cruel and violent attacks on helpless Labrador puppy Theo and didn’t seek help for a vet for two days despite the young pup struggling to breathe, suffering from a raised temperature, and being hunched up when walking.

X-rays then revealed Theo had trauma to the chest area along with the six recent rib fractures causing him significant pain.

They also revealed Theo had sustained 24 fractured ribs on both sides of his chest on an earlier occasion and were at differing stages of healing.

The vet felt they were likely to have been caused by blunt force trauma and the RSPCA were asked to investigate.

When questioned by the vet Bradley claimed he was not aware of any circumstances that may have caused Theo to have sustained such severe injuries.

However, when later questioned by RSPCA Inspector Danielle Grimshaw he stated Theo may have become injured as a result of a bin liner full of books having fallen on him.

RSPCA Inspector Grimshaw, who led the investigation, arranged for police to seize Theo and she took him to a vet for a clinical examination. Vets concluded Theo had suffered as a consequence of physical abuse and the fractures he had suffered were consistent with non-accidental injuries.

Bradley, of Ascot Road, Kippax, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on Monday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and a charge of failing to ensure the needs of an animal were met at an earlier hearing.

The abuse was said to have taken place over a 4-week period between 23 December 2019 and 21 January 2020.

In addition to an indefinite ban on keeping all animals, which he can not appeal for five years, Bradley was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order requiring 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £90.

The court placed a deprivation order on Theo meaning the RSPCA can now find him a loving new home.

Theo remained in RSPCA care during the investigation and has since made a full recovery from his injuries.