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Amputation leads to cruelty charge

A DOG owner has been banned from owning a dog for 10 years after he sawed off his pet's leg to avoid vet fees.

Merthyr magistrates heard how Griffith Prosser, 35 from Aberfan, south Wales, amputated the front leg of Bumper, a Border Collie cross in October last year.

Bumper had been hit by a car 10 months earlier, severely injuring his front leg which eventually turned gangrenous and led to Prosser undertaking the ‘DIY amputation’.

Prosser admitted causing unnecessary suffering and practising veterinary surgery while unregistered.

The dog has been confiscated into the care of the RSPCA who brought the prosecution against Prosser.

The court heard the Collie has had £4,000 of veterinary treatment spent on him since the makeshift operation and is now "progressing well".

RSPCA Inspector Simon Evans said after the case: "Prosser could have gone to the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals who will provide free treatment.

"But he decided to operate himself and any animal lover would be horrified at what he did.
"Bumper is a lovely animal and now he has been taken into our care we will certainly be able to find a good home for him because so many people have been touched by his tragic story," he added

No further sentencing was carried out during the cruelty hearing, as earlier on Friday, Prosser was made the subject of a hospital detention order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act at a separate hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

He had admitted an unrelated charge of assault and affray, when officers visited Prosser's home in relation to the allegations concerning Bumper.