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Jail for Gamesley man who brutally beat and blinded dog
Monday 11th February 2019 @ 16:13 by Lauren Entwistle

A man who attacked a dog with a metal pole causing her blindness and multiple fractures has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Tomas Ferreira, 22, who now lives in Oldham, was also given a lifetime ban on keeping all animals at Tameside Magistrates’ Court last Friday after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by the infliction of a blunt force trauma and physical violence at a previous hearing.

The court heard how the Bichon Frise, known as Skye, was violently and regularly abused by Ferreira at his then-home in Combs Fold, Gamesley, near Glossop.

When she was rescued by the RSPCA she was found to have a catalogue of serious injuries: a ruptured eye which had to be removed – rendering her completely blind due to the state of her remaining one – a broken jaw, broken ribs, a broken bone in her back leg and even 10 broken teeth.

A concerned member of the public that saw Skye was in a distressed state at the property so took her to Victoria Veterinary centre in Glossop where she was given pain relief and the RSPCA were alerted.

Inspector Nichola Waterworth collected her, where she was taken to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital and the extent of her injuries were discovered.  

Veterinary staff were worried that the fractured jaw may have been beyond repair – especially as it was an older injury – but Skye was able to recover by wearing a special muzzle for a month which held the broken bones in place while they healed.

An investigation at the property where Ferreira lived uncovered blood splatters around the house – which it was suggested came from beatings to Skye – and a number of bloodied metal poles, including one with white hair on.

Inspector Waterworth said: “The member of the public who rescued the dog said she looked broken and was really concerned for her well-being.

“How she survived such horrific attacks is unbelievable really but she had so many injuries and broken bones there was a real concern she wouldn’t pull through.

“But she is a brave little character and despite having her ruptured eye  removed, making her completely blind, she also had to wear a special muzzle for 24 hours a day, seven days a week and eat with it on – she went through all this and has made an amazing recovery.

“The jail sentence shows violence against animals, like Skye, will not be tolerated.

“I am delighted to say she has now been re-homed into a loving environment where she is being given the life she deserves.

“Despite her blindness she is confident and still likes to get out and about and explore and she is so affectionate.”

As well as the prison sentence Ferreira was also ordered to pay a £150 victim surcharge.