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Abusive dog owner battered Staffie to death then buried her with note: ‘I’m going to miss you so much’

'BRUTAL INJURIES'

A MAN battered his dog to death then buried her with the note: “I’m going to miss you so much.”

Andrew Beech, 33, hit staffie Millie so hard she ended up with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

Her body was found in a grave at a communal garden near his flat in Biddulph, Staffordshire.

Beech buried her in a box with the message: "Millie, I'm going to miss you so much. Find Hedi and Max. Fly high Bo-Bets. I'll miss you every day."

Despite the sentimental words, investigators found Beech had cruelly inflicted a catalogue of brutal injuries to his blue Staffordshire Bull terrier.

A post mortem examination revealed she had eight fractured ribs and bruising on the top of the head caused by a blunt force trauma.

She also had a fractured hip joint, a collapsed lung and multiple lacerations on the liver resulting in internal bleeding.

Neighbours said they heard an attack and the dog crying loudly and on August 21 RSPCA Inspector Jenny Bethel was sent to investigate.

A concerned resident showed her splatters of Millie's blood on a door frame outside Beech's flat and a tennis ball-sized dent on the opposite wall in the communal hallway.

Beech admitted causing unnecessary suffering and was jailed for 16 weeks by Newcastle-under-Lyme magistrates last week.

RSPCA Insp Jenny Bethel said: “It was so upsetting when I saw the injuries Millie endured.

"This was one of the hardest cases I have had to deal with especially when I read the post mortem report."

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