In Norwich, England the owner of a five-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, admitted he caused unnecessary suffering to his dog after he drowned her on May 9, prosecutors from the RSPCA told the Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. Wayne Waithe, 59, claimed he thought his dog named Missy was dead when he put her in the water; the excuse was rejected by magistrates.
According to the Sun, Waithe wrapped the dogs legs in a backpack making it unable to swim. Her lifeless body was discovered by a passerby near the Helliesdon Bridge – her legs wrapped in a navy blue backpack and her body wrapped in a dark green jacket. Only her head had been left exposed. A necrospy stated the dog had been alive when placed in the water:
“It was alive and breathing when put in the river,” the prosecutor for the case stated. “As it was bound up, it was unable to swim to safety.”
The necropsy also revealed Missy had a large tumor on her belly. When Waithe was tracked down as the owner of Missy, he first told authorities his dog had died and ordered officers off of his property. Prosecutors stated he deliberately drowned his dog because he didn’t want to pay a vet to humanely euthanize her. Waithe’s attorney stated his client did not intend to cause Missy to suffer and thought she had died a peaceful death in her sleep.
The question of course remains – why was Missy tied up?
Waithe has been banned from owning any pets for the next ten years, given a six-week sentence which has been suspended for a year. He was also fined, ordered to pay the vet bill for the necropsy and pay a victim’s surcharge.
Rest in peace Missy.
(Photo of Wayne Waithe who drowned his dog via screenshot The Sun)
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