A YOUNG man who pushed an umbrella into a dog’s throat during a “sustained” attack has been warned he could be facing a prison sentence.
James Pogmore of Meden Avenue, Warsop, also stabbed the umbrella into the back of the terrified five-year-old springer spaniel’s head, and pinned it to the floor with a walking stick.
The 20-year-old admitted a charge of unnecessary cruelty during a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.
In a private prosecution brought against the defendant by the RSPCA, representing the charity, David Payne, said it was one of the most serious cases he had ever dealt with.
It was heard how the female dog, named Ruby, had belonged to Mr Pogmore’s former girlfriend.
On 20th April, when she had gone on a driving lesson, the defendant had been left alone with the dog in the house on Fell Wilson Street, Warsop.
When she returned she had found the dog to have suffered a number of injuries, including a swollen bloodshot eye, bruising around the head, a cut to the back of the head and bleeding from a cut at the back of he throat, caused by the umbrella.
Following veterinary attention, the dog returned home to her owner, who has since broken off her relationship with Mr Pogmore.
The vet, who had known the dog for some years, said it was of a good nature but had endured a sustained attack. It was initially thought it had suffered a fractured skull.
After being questioned by police, Mr Pogmore admitted hitting the dog, and eventually told an RSPCA inspector that he had used a cane and an umbrella. He said the dog had urinated in the house, causing him to lose his temper.
The case was adjourned for a probation report to be prepared and he will return to court on 3rd September for sentence.