Mark Simon Philip Sharp was sentenced to jail in October for secretly abusing his ex-partner’s King Charles spaniel, named Daisy. The dog was left with severe burns to her head from a hot liquid poured on her, as well as broken ribs and a broken pelvis. According to the Coventry Telegraph, the Liverpool animal abuser was back in court on Thursday – now charged with stealing money from the dog’s owner.
Sharp pleaded guilty to stealing cash from Lyndsey Wakefield after using her credit card account between October 2015 and February 2016. The amounts of the theft are in dispute, and the case has been adjourned until February.
At the beginning of the year, Lyndsey did not know Daisy had been the victim of Sharp’s abuse until a large sore appeared on top of the dog’s head. When she rushed the dog to a vet, the staff notified the RSPCA regarding suspected abuse. At Sharp’s trial, the prosecutor recounted the animal control officer’s encounter with Daisy:
“On seeing the dog it was on strong pain relief and appeared very nervous and was shaking in the kennel. When (Insp Fisher) attempted to touch the dog she cowered away and snapped. The inspector described seeing an extensive scabbed area over the top of the head and neck with a particularly raw area at the middle of the top of the head. She was advised that the burns were full skin thickness.”
Sharp told the court the dog had bitten him, but admitted he has been dealing with deep depression and couldn’t believe he could have been so abusive. In addition to the 16-weeks he spent in jail for the animal cruelty charge, he is also banned from owning or keeping any domestic pets for the next 15 years. Sharp could be dealing with more jail time for theft – although the length of the sentence is not known.
Daisy has since made a full recovery.
(Photos of Daisy secretly abusing via RSPCA screenshots)
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