Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shame of Owner Who Bit Dog While Stoned; MAN, 20, IN COURT TO ADMIT TO CAUSING SUFFERING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shame of Owner Who Bit Dog While Stoned; MAN, 20, IN COURT TO ADMIT TO CAUSING SUFFERING

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Byline: SARA NICHOL Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk @SaraNichol10

A CRUEL pet owner has finally admitted leaving his dog with horrific injuries by biting him.

As previously reported, Tyler Laverick was convicted in absence earlier this year of sinking his teeth into his eight-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, Diesel, while high on cannabis.

After failing to show up for a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court in April, the 20-year-old was brought into the dock a few weeks later having been arrested on a warrant.

He argued that he didn't know about the initial hearing as the court summons "had been sent to an old address" while he was hospitalised due to mental health difficulties and so had his conviction overturned in order for him to mount a "proper defence".

Laverick, formerly of Front Street, North Shields, but now of Armstrong Road, Wallsend, denied one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but changed his plea to guilty on the day the case was listed for trial on June 28.

Now, the dog owner has narrowly avoided an immediate stint behind bars after magistrates in North Tyneside gave him an 11-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

At the initial hearing in April this year, the court was told that Diesel was seized by police after members of the public reported seeing the dog being assaulted by a male.

Officers attended Laverick's former home in North Shields on October 19 2017 and found the pet, who had horrific injuries to his face, eyes and ears, inside.

The court that, when asked how he suffered the visible wounds to his head, Laverick responded by saying "I was biting him, I was stoned".

Judith Curry, prosecuting for the RSPCA at the time, said: "When the constables arrived at the address, a male answered the door. …

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