The poor dog was found unconscious in the bath tub. The owner of Smiler has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and banned from ever owning an animal.
A cruel dog owner has been banned from ever owning a pet for the rest of his life after he bathed his pet, an American bulldog, in bleach and rubbed the cleaning agent in the pooch's eyes, reports BBC. Gary David Bell of Coronation Way in Keighley, West Yorkshire, abused his pet, Smiler, to such an extent that it left her bloodied and unconscious on his bathroom floor in West Yorks. The vets who saved Smiler said that her owner, Bell, had doused the poor pup in a mix of bleach and shampoo. If that wasn't bad enough, he also rubbed the bleach into her face.
He also repeatedly hit her on the head that caused her to lose consciousness and left Smiler in a soapy bath. However, Bell denied hurting the dog after he was arrested, claiming that the dog had hurt herself by cutting her head on a barbwire during a walk in the woods, but the court did not believe him and sentenced him to four months in prison reports The Sun. According to The Cruelty List, UK, RSPCA inspectors were called to Bell’s home over concerns for the dog’s welfare. They went to Bell's home along with the police where they heard heavy breathing through the ground-floor bathroom window.
RSPCA inspector Sarah Bagley said, "I was horrified to see Smiler in the bath with a bloodied tea towel on her head. A friend of Bell’s let us into the property and we found Smiler barely conscious. She and the bath were wet and there was a bottle of human shampoo and Flash household cleaner which appeared to have been used on her. Between us, we were able to get her out of the flat and I rushed her straight to a local vet practice."
"By the time I got her there her eyes were swollen shut. She was found to have multiple injuries including two large wounds to the top of her head which needed to be stitched, bruising to the head and a loose tooth that needed to be removed. Her eyes were flushed to get rid of any cleaning product." The vet confirmed that the injuries were not accidental, despite Bell's claims and added that attempts to clean the poor dog afterward would have only caused more pain and suffering.
Inspector Bagley said, "Bell didn’t offer any plausible explanation for Smiler’s predicament – in an interview he said that she had probably cut her head on the barbed wire during a walk in the woods. She is recovering well, gaining weight, her skin and coat are improving and she seems to be a much brighter, happier dog. The cherry eye is being monitored on vet advice at the moment."
"Smiler is currently being cared for by the great staff at RSPCA Sheffield where everyone absolutely loves her and she will be put up for adoption soon. She is a very sweet dog who loves people and I can’t wait to hear that she’s thriving in a loving new home." Smiler spent a week undergoing treatment at the vet's with full supervision, and during this time she slowly started to recover.
This is not the first case against Bell. He's been previously charged for assault and possession of heroin. Now, he's been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by inflicting trauma on her, failing to provide veterinary attention for her injuries and applying cleaning products to her head and eyes. Bell was due to attend Bradford Magistrates Court on January 7, but failed to appear and was arrested on a warrant.