A DOG whose ear was hacked off by a thug is finally enjoying life with his new owner.
Shamrez Ali Wasim, 27, was jailed for 20 weeks by Huddersfield magistrates this month for cutting the right ear off a three-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross.
The attack was so vicious, it tore a gash the full length of the pup’s head.
The RSPCA initially seized the animal and eight other dogs from the house on White Hart Drive in Newsome where the incident happened.
But he has now been given a permanent home with loving new owner Kathleen Graham – who has kept the nickname ‘Lugless Douglas’ given to the dog by the RSPCA.
She said: “When I went to the rescue centre and saw Douglas it was love at first sight.
“He came bounding out and just demanded attention.
“He’s so placid, he just wants cuddles all the time. He’s the quietest dog I know.”
Wasim, of Kirkstone Avenue in Dalton, had used a knife or scissors to slice the dog’s ear off following a row with his girlfriend.
He was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering following a trial at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court – but has launched an appeal.
Kathleen, 29, said: “It was only when the reports of the court case came out that I found out the full extent of what had happened.
“I was really angry because we had grown so close by then. I just kept crying.
“He was the most docile little puppy and the thought that someone could do that was just horrible.
“If someone is capable of doing that, they are capable of doing far worse.”
Douglas has been left with permanent scarring, but has not suffered any major long-term effects.
Kathleen, an adult speech and language therapist who lives in Bradford, is a long-time foster carer for rescued cats.
She now hopes to train Douglas, who is nine months old, as a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog, to be taken into hospital to give patients a boost.
She said: “It might sound a strange thing to say, but in some ways what happened was the best thing that could have happened to him, because it meant he was taken out of that situation.”
Leanne Plumtree, RSPCA spokeswoman for West Yorkshire, said the support of people like Kathleen was vital.
“She has given Douglas a second chance at a happy life, which is what we hope the future holds for all the animals that we re-home,” she said.
“Douglas occupies a very special place in the hearts of all of those members of RSPCA staff and volunteers he’s come into contact with, so everyone is thrilled to hear how well he’s doing.”