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Owner lied about tortured puppy

A MAN who handed a badly abused puppy into a rescue centre claiming that he had rescued it from a gang of youths who were kicking it about like a football near his home was branded a liar by the police last week, after it emerged that he was the puppy’s owner.

Paul Foreman, 31, claimed that he had rescued the puppy and taken it home, but found that it kept falling over and would not eat and so on Monday he took her to the nearby St Francis Animal Rescue in South Shields.

The puppy, who was called Maddy by animal rescue workers, was put on a drip and given injections but then started having fits every 10 minutes, due to brain damage caused by her injuries. A vet advised that the kindest thing would be to put her down to prevent her suffering further.

However, police arrested Foreman last week on suspicion of cruelty to an animal after a tip-off from a member of the public. Foreman admitted to police that he had lied about seeing three teenage youths torturing the puppy and had further lied about rescuing it. He claimed the injuries had been caused during a ‘domestic incident’ while a very young child played with the pup in his home near the rescue centre in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, some days before.

The police said they would not be charging him but the file is being passed to the RSPCA.

They are now considering whether to mount their own investigation. In the meantime, Foreman has become the target of hate mail and abusive telephone calls from outraged animal lovers across the country.

Staff at St Francis Animal Rescue centre, situated just yards from his front door, were incredulous at Foreman’s lies.

Inspector Simon Charlton of South Shields police said: "A 31-year-old man was arrested and admitted he owned the dog.

"The injuries to the dog resulted from a domestic incident inside the house."