Victor's owner Christopher Matthew Griffiths was sent to prison in Wales on Thursday

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 30, 2016 03:42 PM
Courtesy RSPCA Cymru
Credit: Courtesy RSPCA Cymru

A U.K. man has been sent to prison for cutting his dog’s ears off with a pair of pliers. The pup, who survived the ordeal, is doing well and now available for adoption at the RSPCA of Cymru, Wales.

According to a post on the RSPCA’s website, a 34-year-old man from Wrexham, Wales, named Christopher Matthew Griffiths attended court for sentencing on Thursday after being convicted of animal welfare offenses at a trial in May.

Griffiths was found guilty of “causing unnecessary suffering and carrying out a prohibited procedure” on his dog Victor. He was given a 24-week prison sentence, is not allowed to own dogs for 10 years and was given 12 months’ probation.

The RSPCA said the male Staffordshire bull terrier also tested positive for cocaine when he was rescued.

“The RSPCA were contacted on 22 September 2015 by the police after the dog named Victor was found with his ears chopped off and the RSPCA transported the dog immediately to an independent vet for emergency treatment,” the website said. “Victor was subsequently given surgery and his ears were stitched up and by November his ears had healed. His urine was also checked at the vets and it tested positive for cocaine.”


In a Facebook post on Thursday, the RSPCA said Victor is ready for a new beginning: “We are delighted to say he recovered and is now looking for a home,” the post said.

After Griffith’s sentencing, RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas spoke about the horror of Victor’s abuse.

“When I first saw Victor I was just so shocked as his ears were gaping open wounds. I had never seen anything quite like it before,” she said to the RSPCA. “It must have been so painful for him. It was just so heartbreaking. It is awful to imagine what poor Victor went through. It was totally unnecessary.”