March 2016

Outrage at soft sentences for evil pair who headbutted dog and threw it down the stairs


OUTRAGE has been sparked by the lenient sentences handed to a pair of vile thugs who headbutted and jumped on a bulldog then flung it down a flight of stairs.

Brothers Andrew, 22, and Daniel Frankish, 19, received just a 21 week sentence, suspended for two years and a tagged curfew for six months, when they appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates last week.

Tragically the bulldog, named baby, had to be put down three months after the abuse after she lost the use of her hind legs.

But their sentences have been met with anger on social media and now an online petition has been launched calling on David Cameron to review their sentences.

The petition on has already reached over 62,000 signatures closing in on its target of 75,000.

Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are generally raised in Parliament.

Petition organiser, Alex Richardson-Lee, 24, explained that it was the “sheer brutality” of the video, that shows the men torturing their pet bulldog, Baby, that drove him to demand for a change in their punishment.

Mr Richardson-Lee, a military medic from Aylesbury, Bucks., said: “These boys are clearly enjoying what they are doing to this puppy.

“The bulldog was obviously terrified and she couldn’t fight back. It just really angered me and I thought, I can’t let this sit.

“The footage is horrifying and the RSPCA inspector involved in the case said it was one of the most harrowing cases she had ever dealt with.

“It really riled me.”

The harrowing abuse the cruel thugs captured on camera is extremely disturbing and shows the poor animal repeatedly thrown down flights of stairs, “pile driven” into the ground from head height, swung around and stamped all over.

A number of mobile phone clips, filmed by the younger man, show Andrew picking the bulldog up at the top of some wooden stairs before repeatedly throwing her down them.

On one occasion he lifts her high over his head. All the while the men can be heard laughing hysterically.

Mr Richardson-Lee said: “The sheer callousness of what they did is absolutely disgusting.

“I’ve kept dogs in the past – I keep reptiles now – and I don’t understand how anyone could do something like this.

“Even if nothing comes of it, at least I won’t have sat back and done nothing.”

The harrowing offences did not come to light until two years after they occurred when a memory card was found on a supermarket floor.

In court, the men, from Redcar, North Yorks., pleaded guilty to, on or about October 13, 2013, causing unnecessary suffering to Baby by subjecting her to unnecessary physical violence, an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Lynch said: “The whole horrible ordeal seems to be for his and the younger man’s entertainment, for fun.

“Everyone who has seen the video says it’s the most distressing thing they’ve ever seen.

“These are people who have seen a lot of horrible things.”