Pair in court after pug puppy Ruby allegedly suffered burn and fractured skull


A man has been charged with inflicting a series of serious injuries to a pug puppy over a near three month period.

James Wright-King allegedly inflicted three non-accidental injuries upon the puppy, named Ruby in separate incidents.

It is claimed these left the puppy with injuries including a burn on her back, a damaged hind leg and a fractured skull alongside multiple other injuries.

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He appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court on Tuesday, alongside a 19-year-old woman, where he denied all three allegations.

Jasmine Lee Smith, 19, who was in the court with him, denied two offences relating to failing to follow veterinary advice in relation to the leg injury and failing to provide a safe environment.

The court was told the case would have to go off to a different date for a trial to be set after taking the pleas from the two.



Jasmine Lee Smith- dob 15/09/01 - and James Wright-King - dob 27.10.97 - at Teesside Magistrates Court facing animal cruelty charges
Jasmine Lee Smith and James Wright-King

Wright-King, 23, of Darwen Court, Hemlington denies causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal in that on or about August 24 last year at his home address he inflicted a « non accidental » injury on a pug bitch puppy known as Ruby 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, of Raydale, Hemlington denies causing unnecessary suffering to Ruby by filing to follow veterinary advice between October 26 and November 9 last year.

She also denies 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.

A trial will be held at the same court on September 14 and both were granted unconditional bail until that date.

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