James Wright-King, 23, allegedly caused a burn to the pug’s back, damaged her hind leg and fractured her skull alongside multiple other injuries. Ruby, the puppy, is said to have suffered the injuries at different times during a near three-month period.
Wright-King appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court alongside Jasmine Lee Smith, 19, to deny charges they face.
The teenager pleaded guilty to two offences relating to failing to follow veterinary advice in relation to the leg injury and failing to provide a safe environment.
As Teesside Live reports, Wright-King denied causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
It’s alleged on or about August 24 last year he inflicted a « non-accidental » injury on a pug puppy resulting in a burn on the animal’s back and that he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.
In a second charge he denies causing unnecessary suffering to the same dog on October 10 last year at the same address by inflicting a non accidental injury on her resulting in injury to the dog’s right hind leg and that he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.
And the third charge he also denies is that on or about November 17 last year at the same address he inflicted a non accidental injury upon Ruby resulting in a fractured skull and other severe injuries, and knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.
Smith denied causing unnecessary suffering to Ruby by failing to follow veterinary advice between October 26 and November 9 last year.
She also denied causing unnecessary suffering to Ruby between August 24 and November 17 last year by failing to follow veterinary advice and failing to provide a safe and suitable environment for the puppy and failing to exercise reasonable care and supervision in respect of the animal.
Wright-King also faced those allegations and the court was told he would admit those two charges alone on the grounds he was solely responsible as the dog was completely under his care.
The couple, from Middlesbrough, Teesside, face trial in September.