Police were called at 8.55am on Friday November 20 when a light brown dog was allegedly thrown from the back of a fourth floor Steamer Street flat into Island Road on Barrow Island.
The dog, a former rescue dog called Clyde, suffered internal and chest injuries and was later taken to Grove Vets in Rawlinson Street where he was treated and spent a number of days.
Clyde was later taken to kennels in another part of Cumbria while police investigated the incident.And initially, it seemed that this case was progressing:
A 30-year-old man from Barrow was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. He was then further arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Dangerous Dog Act, which was later withdrawn.
Police have since confirmed to the Evening Mail that the man will face no further action in connection with the alleged incident and because of this, he was given 28 days to claim the dog back.Naturally, he didn’t.
That time period has now lapsed and after receiving no response from the owner, police have said that Clyde will now be rehomed by an animal charity.Which is good news for the animal, but not so much for the taxpayer:
The Evening Mail understands Cumbria Police has paid for all costs associated with Clyde's care at Grove Vets.Actually, unless the station had a whip-round, it means that we – the taxpayer – did.
Why has the cost of this animal’s treatment not been recovered from its owner? The usual answer is ‘because he doesn’t have any money’. But he must have something. Remove it, sell it, and put whatever it fetches to the bill.