Man Beats Puppy to Death With Baseball Bat, Gets Just 18 Weeks in Jail

A man has been sent to prison for 18 weeks after beating his puppy to death with a baseball bat.

Craig Andrew Lee Curtis, 27, of Chapel Street, Exning, Newmarket, pleaded guilty to cruelty charges under the Animal Welfare Act at Cambridge Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday 9 August 2012). He received an 18-week custodial sentence and was banned from keeping dogs for life.

The RSPCA was called after a passer-by found the body of Bruno, a male brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier, dead in woods near Curtis’ home in March. The dog, thought to be just six months old, was wrapped in blood-stained sheets inside a black bin bag with blood around his nose and mouth.

A post mortem revealed Bruno had fractures to his skull and died from after being attacked by a blunt instrument on his head and would have been alive when attacked.

The court heard evidence that Curtis had strung Bruno up by his collar on a weights bench after he urinated on the floor and battered him to death with a baseball bat. His corpse was then put in the freezer, and later taken out and dumped in the wood.

Inspector Richard Lithgoe, who investigated the case, said: “This was easily the most shocking  case of cruelty I have ever seen. This is a horrendously violent man – I was so shocked at how the ferocious and brutal this attack was.

“This poor young dog was victim to a senseless brutality and would have been in an extreme amount of pain. The worst part is he was alive when this attack took place and so would have suffered for a long, lingering, gruesome death.”

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Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine

Jasmine Kleine is the the online editor at She is an experienced dog owner and professional writer who lives with her two beloved dogs, Mabel and Charlie.


  1. When are these NUT CASES!! going to STOP!! They are so SICK!!!! Let me have these SICK NUTS for one DAY please GOD just one day. And I would need a baseball bat, What ever happen to HANGING? Before the SUN raises? Get these NUTS off of the FACE of the EARTH. They Will NOT be MISS

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