Daniel Ashleigh Williams admitted throwing the dog 30 feet out of a window
A carpenter broke into a single mother’s flat before flinging her pet dog 30 feet out of a window, leaving the animal with serious injuries to his legs and hip.
Jordanna Davies was at her sister’s house on September 2 when she received a text message from Daniel Ashleigh Williams, telling her he was outside her home in Cilfrew, Neath in Wales.
She replied saying she was not there but, a short time later, a neighbour called to say that Williams had ‘clambered into her flat’ after smashing a window.
Miss Davies was then told that Williams had thrown her dog, Dobbie, out of a two-storey window after getting into the flat.
Dobbie, a four-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross was discovered lying injured on the road.
The horrified pet owner had to pay more than £2,000 in vet fees or have Dobbie put to sleep.
Williams, 30, from Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, previously pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage, and appeared before Swansea Magistrates’ Court this afternoon to plead guilty to a further count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
He had previously denied the offence.
The relationship between Williams and Miss Davies is unclear.
A victim impact statement was read out on behalf of Miss Davies, which revealed that since the incident, Dobbie had been taken to the vets for an operation on his leg and hip.
Miss Davies had paid immediate emergency vet fees of £2,222.21, and told if she could not raise the funds required, Dobbie would have to be put to sleep.
Dobbie, a four-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross was discovered lying injured on the road
Dobbie is still to undergo further leg surgery which will cost £3,000, and a hip operation.
Until then, he is in plaster.
Her statement said: ‘It caused me great stress and anxiety.
Jordanna Davies had to pay more than £2,000 in vet fees or have Dobbie put to sleep
‘I don’t feel safe living there anymore after knowing he was able to smash the window and get in.
‘I was settled before the incident took place. I had to live with my window boarded up for a while.
‘Dobbie is a small, defenceless pup who would not hurt anyone.’
Mitigating for Williams, Rebecca Carter said: ‘The defendant pleaded guilty today to the offence of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
‘In respect to his personal circumstances, he is 30-years-old and currently in employment as a carpenter.
‘He has substantial mental health difficulties and suffers from borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. The probation service is prepared to work with him going forward.’
Williams will be sentenced on November 11 at 10am, following the completion of a pre-sentence report.
Speaking after the conclusion of the case, Miss Davies said: ‘It absolutely broke my heart. I turned up in a taxi when I heard what had happened and I could see Dobbie with blood coming from his mouth. I could not hold or move him.
‘I could not believe someone would do that to an animal. I could not understand it. I didn’t expect to see it at all.
‘He is a lovely family pet, I had rescued him from an abusive home. He has always been quite a nervous dog anyway.
Dobbie is still to undergo further leg surgery which will cost £3,000, and a hip operation
Miss Davies added that she’d had to rely on the help of others to fund the bills for Dobbie’s care
‘The last month has been awful. It’s been really hard. When it first happened I slept on the floor next to him for a week.’
Miss Davies added that, as a single mother in receipt of benefits, she’d had to rely on the help of others to fund the bills to help Dobbie.
‘A family member donated £1,000,’ she said.
‘I have been doing little things like cupcake stalls with all the funds going towards Dobbie. We’ve also set up a fundraising page which is growing slowly.’