Individuals hoping to find justice for the cruel death of a German shepherd puppy named “Jack,” are sorely disappointed with the sentencing for 27-year-old Stacey Louise Lockhurst of London.
According to Monday’s publication of Mail Online, Lockhurst was sentenced on Friday to just 20 weeks in prison, but that sentence was suspended by magistrates.
Lockhurst, along with her partner, Paul James Brunsden, locked Jack inside of a small crate and left him to die. By the time that the once beautiful puppy was found, he was dead, his body covered in excrement and devoid of all muscle and fat.
According to a veterinarian, Jack suffered greatly before his death. Undoubtedly, the days and weeks that the young dog was trapped inside of the crate were agonizing.
Prior to Lockhursts’ sentencing, the judge had noted that this was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty which he had witnessed, stating:
This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I have come across.
This dog was confined in a little cage so small it appears it could barely stand up.
It was kept there without being allowed out at all for any exercise or freedom and was starved to death.
You could have released the dog. You could have provided food for it. You were offered help and advice from the RSPCA.
I can’t think that any human being would have failed to recognise the suffering and distress of this dog.”
However, when it came time to sentence the young woman, District Judge Michael Kelly appeared to have a change of heart.
According to the publication, the judge believed that Lockhurst was not to be held fully accountable for Jack’s extreme suffering due to her “learning disability.”
He stated that there,
‘there may have been some lack of appreciation of what was happening’
The lawyer defending Lockhurst noted that she would have been “bullied” had she been forced to go to prison. Instead, she will be doing community service and paying a minimal fine.
Brunsden was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison and banned from owning animals in his court appearance last month.
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