Man, 55, is banned from keeping any animals for life

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A man has been given a 12-week suspended prison sentence and has been banned from keeping animals for life after he admitting throwing his two dogs, leaving one with a fractured leg.

Kevin Smith, 55, of Witham Close, Stamford, appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday for sentencing.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to throwing his dog Robbie across a room resulting in him fracturing his leg and also failing to provide veterinary care for the dog.

He also admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his other dog Midge by throwing the dog against a staircase.

The incident happened on May 12 this year at Smith’s home.

Smith was also ordered to pay £800 in court costs and ordered to carry out 150 hours community service.

The incidents came to light after Midge escaped from Smith’s home and the two girls took him back.

Smith then threw Midge against the stairs in front of the two girls and then told them that he had broken the leg of his other dog.

The girls reported the incident to the RSPCA and Smith was subsequently interviewed and the dogs, both patterdale terriers, were removed and signed over to the care of the RSPCA.

The RSPCA discovered that Robbie had three fractures to his rear leg. Midge was not injured but scared.

Robbie’s fractured leg was treated by vets at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre in Cambridgeshire.

He required extensive treatment to his fractured leg and it was kept in place using pins and braces. Robbie also required a bone graft to help mend the break.

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “It is very sad when we have to deal with cases of deliberate cruelty, but I am pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of these offences and sentenced Smith accordingly.

“Both dogs have made a great recovery and have now been rehomed.

“I would also like to thank the two young girls for all their help with this case.”