One of the rescued Staffies.

A man has been jailed for six months and banned from keeping animals for 25 years after beating a mum and her puppies and leaving another dog emaciated.

Scott Michael Doak, 25, of no fixed abode, who was found guilty at a previous hearing, was sentenced at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court last Friday, for causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog called Rocky by failing to adequately investigate the cause of his poor body condition, and failing to protect Rocky and four Staffie puppies from fleas and worms.

He also failed to provide a suitable environment which was clean, of a suitable size and free from hazards, between August 15, and September 12, at Stonegate Street in Lynn.

Doak was also sentenced for an offence of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier called Lily and her three puppies after he kicked and threw them across a room on November 28 at Frieston.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry, who investigated the case, said: “The first call we had was about a male dog and puppies who were all being kept in unreasonable conditions.

“They were found in the bathroom with lots of mess and a chewed up disposable razor. Rocky, the Staffie, was also incredibly emaciated.

“We took the poor dogs into our care but then we received another call to say that he had been beating another Staffie called Lily, who was used for breeding, and her young puppies which were being kept at another address.

“This was a very sad case where these animals would have suffered considerably.”

Doak was also given a year supervision order and ordered to pay a £116 victim surcharge.

Inspector Astillberry added: “I am pleased the magistrates take this as seriously as we do.”

Six-year-old Lily has now been rehomed to Emily Toms, an animal care assistant at the RSPCA West Norfolk branch.

She said: “I’ve been here eight years and she is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever known.”

Four-year-old Rocky is now a healthy weight and is still at the West Norfolk branch and looking for a home. The litter of puppies were also rehomed.

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