Dog found with cable tie around penis and collar so tight its eyes were bulging

DOG HURT: Rufus was found wandering the streets in Newton Aycliffe

RECOVERING WELL: Rufus has received treatment from Wilson Veterinary Group, in Bishop Auckland

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A DOG was found wandering around the streets with a cable tie around its penis and a wearing collar so tight its eyes were bulging.

The Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog was handed into Wilson Veterinary Group, in Bishop Auckland, at about 10.45am on Sunday, August 3.

The animal, named Rufus by staff was given immediate treatment. He had been found by a member of the public in Greenfield, Newton Aycliffe.

Vet Sarah Crawford said: “He was sedated and the cable tie and collar removed. His penis was almost black and we don’t know yet whether or not he’ll have to have it amputated.

“His collar was so tight his head had swollen and his eyes were bulging and he was in poor body condition too.

“I can’t think of any reason why someone would put a cable-tie around the base of a dog’s penis. Poor Rufus has suffered tremendously.”

Staff said Rufus is a very friendly un-neutered male, aged around one-year-old, and is an unusual colour, known as lemon, with lots of white speckles.

RSPCA inspector Kaye Smith said: “This is a very recognisable dog because of his colouring. If anyone knows who he belongs to, or has any specific information that might help us to find out how this happened to him and who is responsible, please call and leave a message for me.”

Anyone with any information should call 0300 123 8018.

Causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal is an offence and carries a maximum sentence of £20,000 fine and/or six months in prison.

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6:27pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Risk555 says...

Its sickening that the North East is still firmly at the top of Animal cruelty cases & has been for god knows how many years.
Its sickening that the North East is still firmly at the top of Animal cruelty cases & has been for god knows how many years. Risk555
  • Score: 61

7:43pm Thu 7 Aug 14

capt manners says...

Disgusting, when they find the owner send him my way and I will happily return him the favour!
COWARD
Disgusting, when they find the owner send him my way and I will happily return him the favour! COWARD capt manners
  • Score: 70

9:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

spragger says...

Its the North east again.
Claiming its title as the most cruel to animals in the UK.
Why do we attract these idiots?
Its the North east again. Claiming its title as the most cruel to animals in the UK. Why do we attract these idiots? spragger
  • Score: 45

9:47pm Thu 7 Aug 14

MsRossi46 says...

I would like ten minutes alone with this piece of sh*t, rip his off and shove it down his throat !!!!!!!
I would like ten minutes alone with this piece of sh*t, rip his off and shove it down his throat !!!!!!! MsRossi46
  • Score: 54

9:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

hasanopinion says...

Tougher sentencing is needed!
Tougher sentencing is needed! hasanopinion
  • Score: 47

10:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CarolMC says...

Had literally just had my evening meal when I read this and had to rush upstairs to be physically sick.......how could anyone with a sound mind do such a thing? They cannot possibly be normal and it just breaks my heart to imagine the torture this poor dog had been subjected to..........what the hell has happened to our society? I totally despair...........
Had literally just had my evening meal when I read this and had to rush upstairs to be physically sick.......how could anyone with a sound mind do such a thing? They cannot possibly be normal and it just breaks my heart to imagine the torture this poor dog had been subjected to..........what the hell has happened to our society? I totally despair........... CarolMC
  • Score: 38

11:37pm Thu 7 Aug 14

grandmab says...

I would like some clarification please. Why is a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog a protected animal. While I am sickened by the abuse this animal suffered I do not understand the protected animal status. Are all pet dogs protected animals?
I would like some clarification please. Why is a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog a protected animal. While I am sickened by the abuse this animal suffered I do not understand the protected animal status. Are all pet dogs protected animals? grandmab
  • Score: 1

1:33am Fri 8 Aug 14

rhi.anon says...

grandmab wrote:
I would like some clarification please. Why is a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog a protected animal. While I am sickened by the abuse this animal suffered I do not understand the protected animal status. Are all pet dogs protected animals?
May I add, which animals therefore are not protected and does that mean people can hurt them without legal consequences?

This article saddens me immensely. I hope whoever did this is found and kept away from both animals and humans for the rest of their lives. Sadistic individuals like this can be of no value to our society.
[quote][p][bold]grandmab[/bold] wrote: I would like some clarification please. Why is a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog a protected animal. While I am sickened by the abuse this animal suffered I do not understand the protected animal status. Are all pet dogs protected animals?[/p][/quote]May I add, which animals therefore are not protected and does that mean people can hurt them without legal consequences? This article saddens me immensely. I hope whoever did this is found and kept away from both animals and humans for the rest of their lives. Sadistic individuals like this can be of no value to our society. rhi.anon
  • Score: 26

8:57am Fri 8 Aug 14

greenfinger says...

Far too easy to own a dog in this country and things like this are the result.
Far too easy to own a dog in this country and things like this are the result. greenfinger
  • Score: 21

1:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

53664337 says...

grandmab wrote:
I would like some clarification please. Why is a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog a protected animal. While I am sickened by the abuse this animal suffered I do not understand the protected animal status. Are all pet dogs protected animals?
I quick internet search tells me that a "protected animal" is any animal (a vertebrate other than a human) that is commonly domesticated or is under the care of a human at that time. So yes, not only are all pet dogs protected under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) but so are all pets of any type, and I would imagine (based on the definition) that it extends to livestock, wildlife who have been taken in, zoo animals etc.

Probably best to do a bit of research before posting or you may risk riling people up!

I'd love an update on how this boy is doing, I hope he's OK and got to keep his bits! Poor lad looks healthy otherwise, he's probably someone's pet who have been distraught looking for him.

I am firmly of the opinion that anyone who can be cruel to animals cannot be a good person, I hope the person responsible is caught!
[quote][p][bold]grandmab[/bold] wrote: I would like some clarification please. Why is a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog a protected animal. While I am sickened by the abuse this animal suffered I do not understand the protected animal status. Are all pet dogs protected animals?[/p][/quote]I quick internet search tells me that a "protected animal" is any animal (a vertebrate other than a human) that is commonly domesticated or is under the care of a human at that time. So yes, not only are all pet dogs protected under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) but so are all pets of any type, and I would imagine (based on the definition) that it extends to livestock, wildlife who have been taken in, zoo animals etc. Probably best to do a bit of research before posting or you may risk riling people up! I'd love an update on how this boy is doing, I hope he's OK and got to keep his bits! Poor lad looks healthy otherwise, he's probably someone's pet who have been distraught looking for him. I am firmly of the opinion that anyone who can be cruel to animals cannot be a good person, I hope the person responsible is caught! 53664337
  • Score: 19

6:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

behonest says...

Only 6 months in prison as a maximum? Far too lenient.
This poor dog has no choice. When my wife ties a cable around my penis and a dog collar tight around my neck on a Saturday night, it's because I've asked her to. But this poor dog has simply been abused, and the person responsible deserves a good hiding.
Only 6 months in prison as a maximum? Far too lenient. This poor dog has no choice. When my wife ties a cable around my penis and a dog collar tight around my neck on a Saturday night, it's because I've asked her to. But this poor dog has simply been abused, and the person responsible deserves a good hiding. behonest
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Fri 8 Aug 14

leilani1 says...

i am from the northeast and not all places r bad its the down and out places that r like this and i can name a few
i am from the northeast and not all places r bad its the down and out places that r like this and i can name a few leilani1
  • Score: 4

5:04am Sun 10 Aug 14

NortherThanU-u-southernPuffs says...

Yes, it is wrong and cruel- Probably the work of one of your children, or an adult with issues. In any case, one of you gave birth to the culprit. If you would all just stop breeding, then animals would not have to suffer like this. This is an indisputable truth. All you non vegetarians- take a moment to educate yourselves regarding the suffering your 'food' endures to keep you fed and indulged.
Yes, it is wrong and cruel- Probably the work of one of your children, or an adult with issues. In any case, one of you gave birth to the culprit. If you would all just stop breeding, then animals would not have to suffer like this. This is an indisputable truth. All you non vegetarians- take a moment to educate yourselves regarding the suffering your 'food' endures to keep you fed and indulged. NortherThanU-u-southernPuffs
  • Score: 0

4:44pm Tue 12 Aug 14

hippyjohn says...

microchip all dogs and bring back licences
microchip all dogs and bring back licences hippyjohn
  • Score: 1

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