A CRUEL thug faces jail after he stamped on his pet German shepherd and threw her out of a first-floor window.
Dog-owner Stephen Whitehouse, 42, subjected three-year-old Mia to the series of attacks because he was angry that the pooch had urinated on a relative’s sofa, a court heard.
The cute canine suffered a fractured leg after dropping 15ft to the ground and faces a lifetime of pain after metal plates were put in place to keep her leg together.
RSPCA experts said she is unlikely to ever be rehoused because her terrible ordeal has made her aggressive towards people.
Although Whitehouse failed to attend Wednesday’s hearing at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court, the court heard the case in his absence – finding him guilty of three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and one of failing to ensure its welfare.
A warrant for his arrest was issued and he will be sentenced at a later date – with magistrates saying a custodial sentence was inevitable.
Prosecutor Mr Roger Price told the court that Whitehouse was spotted by a neighbour throwing Mia from the back bedroom window of his house in the Ashmore Park area of Wolverhampton on July 2.
She had also witnessed him striking the dog with a pole in his garden while a police officer saw him “stamping” on the animal on the same day.
Mr Price said: “The neighbour was alerted to the sound of whimpering coming from the defendant’s house and recognised it was coming from his dog.”
The RSPCA was called by police and the animal was immediately taken into care by officers.
During an interview, callous Whitehouse claimed the dog had jumped from the window and when asked why he believed the dog jumped from the window, he replied: “She thought she was a lemming”.
RSPCA Inspector Jackie Hickman told the court that since the incident, Mia has remained on heavy painkillers because of the specialist surgery she had to undergo. The trauma of her ordeal has also caused hair loss.
Insp Hickman added that it would have been better for the dog to have been put down but that this could not be done because Whitehouse refused to sign responsibility for the animal over the the charity.
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