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Thug bragged about sickening dog attack to mates down the pub

A sick dog owner who beat his pet with a metal colander was over heard bragging about the vile attack to his mates in the pub.

Fortunately RSPCA officers were able to rescue terrier cross, Max, who was found severely injured and 'covered in blood' at a house in Harrogate.

They took the animal to a vets where burns and wounds suggested he'd been beaten with a metal colander found at the home. An axe was also recovered from the home, Examiner Live reports.

The RSPCA was able to prosecute two men for Max’s treatment and were sentenced to a ten-year ban on keeping animals and 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

They were also both ordered to attend a six-month alcohol treatment program. Both men were ordered to pay £700 costs and a victim surcharge of £122.

Now, 18 months later, Max's has a new loving home which is world's away from the abuse he once endured.

His new owner James Taylor was smitten with the pup when he saw his profile at RSPCA York Animal Home last year and brought him home last summer.

James told Yorkshire Live how he was proud to see Max 'bounce back' after such a rough start in life.

“I cannot believe how he has bounced back again. He is such a joy to be around,” he said.

He described how Max now enjoys his days playing with toys, having snuggles on the sofa and taking lovely long walks in the countryside.

“Looking at Max now you would not know the trauma he has been through," said James.

"He is such a resilient and chirpy little dog. The cheekiest and most loving character you could meet.”

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"Looking at Max now you would not know the trauma he has been through," said James.

"He is such a resilient and chirpy little dog. The cheekiest and most loving character you could meet.”

The RSPCA has launched a campaign to "Cancel Out Cruelty" as figures released today show there were 1,995 reports of deliberate cruelty to animals in North Yorkshire in the last five years.

“We haven't been able to take him to many places because of lockdown but we did take him to a pub garden for the first time not long ago and he was just wonderful. He took it all in his stride and seemed to really enjoy himself.

“He is a wonderful companion to our other dog Amy and he has really helped her come out of her shell again after our last dog sadly died.

“I will always be so grateful to the RSPCA for saving Max and rescuing him from an awful situation. While he still has some issues caused by his injuries he is such a happy little dog. So well behaved and full of love, he is a wonderful companion."

What to do If you spot animal cruelty

Anyone who spots an animal being cruelly treated or in distress should contact the RSPCA Cruelty and Advice Line on 0300 1234 999.

This phone line is open from 7am-10pm, seven days a week for reports of animals suffering due to sickness, injury, cruelty or neglect.

The RSPCA receives a call for help approximately every 30 seconds and we prioritise all calls about cruelty, neglect or injured animals according to their severity and urgency.

Due to the high volume of calls they receive and their limited resources, they can’t always respond as quickly as the emergency services can.

Please be patient and if you're concerned the situation is worsening, please contact us again.

He added: "The staff and volunteers at York Animal Home really have worked wonders with him – and if I hadn't been told about what happened to him previously I'm not sure I would’ve guessed.”

He described how Max now enjoys his days playing with toys, having snuggles on the sofa and taking lovely long walks in the countryside.

“Looking at Max now you would not know the trauma he has been through," said James.

"He really has bounced back, he is such a resilient and chirpy little dog. The cheekiest and most loving character you could meet.”

The RSPCA has launched a campaign to "Cancel Out Cruelty" as figures released today show there were 1,995 reports of deliberate cruelty to animals in North Yorkshire in the last five years.

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