Moment farmer is arrested while having his hair cut for driving with his dog dragging behind his car – after he avoids jail despite animal’s death
- Police bodycam footage shows cruel Kim Norman Rendall being detained
- WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT. Rendall received a suspended sentence
This is the moment a farmer who was caught driving with his dog tied to the back of his car before dumping it was arrested – while he sat having a haircut and indulging in a cup of tea.
Police bodycam footage shows cruel Kim Norman Rendall being detained halfway through the trim as his white husky Daisy was bleeding out.
Rendall, 65, was given a suspended sentence yesterday after he was filmed dragging Daisy for around 200 metres while tied with a rope in High Littleton, near Bath.
The dog was left severely injured in the incident on the afternoon of April 17 this year and had to put to sleep after failing to recover.
Bristol Crown Court heard numerous motorists witnessed the horror and tried to stop Rendall by beeping and flashing their lights at his red Nissan Micra.
But Rendall refused to get help for his dog or tell police where he had dumped her when they turned up at his home to find him enjoying a cup of tea and a haircut.
Rendall (pictured) was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison, suspended for two years
Daisy (pictured) was eventually found by police but was left severely injured in the incident and had to be put to sleep nine days later after failing to recover
A farmer was caught dragging his white husky down the road before she later died due to her injuries
Rendall was sentenced on Tuesday to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, 300 hours of unpaid work alongside a 20 year disqualification from having or keeping animals with the exception of cattle, and fish. He was also ordered to pay £5,000 costs.
As he arrived at court he was greeted by supporters of Daisy waving banners demanding ‘justice’ for her.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Michael Longman said the defendant had shown a ‘high degree of recklessness’ in his actions.
He said the excuse of social awkwardness ‘does not begin to explain or mitigate your behavour’.
The judge told Rendall that even if he had not realised the extent of Daisy’s injuries by the time he drove off he had still showed an ‘arrogant distain’ towards her.
He described obstructing the police who were trying to get medical help for the dog as ”truly dreadful’ and added: ‘I don’t believe that you were devastated. You showed a deliberate disregard for Daisy’s welfare in failing to seek treatment.’
Rendall had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of causing the unnecessary suffering of an animal contrary to the Animal Welfare Act.
A video, released by the RSPCA showed Daisy being dragged along the road in High Littleton, near Bath.
Distressed locals stopped and confronted him while Daisy bled onto the road and attempted to stand up.
Prosecutors said he drove for around 55 seconds – covering a distance of approximately 200 metres.
This is the moment Kim Norman Rendall was arrested while he was having a haircut
The poor pooch had been haemorrhaging blood onto the road and was barely able to stand up following the incident
Daisy sustained complicated and traumatic injuries (pictured) – including both hind legs suffering full-thickness skin loss and an open fracture of a foot
Distressed witnesses dialled 999 when he laughed at their pleas for him to take the dog to a vet. He went on to state: ‘I’ll do what I want, it’s my dog’.
After stopping he took a bin from his vehicle, placed Daisy in his boot and drove away.
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Prosecutor Gregory Gordon said Daisy was tied to the boot latch, which stopped the boot from closing.
‘It is clear that the boot was never closed, it was never intended to be closed’, he added.
Police attended the Micra’s registered address, his mother’s home, within an hour and Rendall was found there indulging in a cup of tea and having a haircut.
He refused to tell officers where Daisy was and said he would get his own veterinary care for her.
Given the urgency of the situation, he was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.
In response, the court heard he said: ‘I don’t like this at all, I don’t like this at f***ing all’.
He was described as rude and aggressive towards custody officers when they booked him in and his trainers were covered in blood.
In the meantime, 18 police officers and a drone unit were deployed in a bid to locate Daisy and get her the life-saving treatment they believed she needed.
One police officer who later found Daisy described her injuries (pictured) as ‘the worst thing I have ever seen’ and it made her ‘feel physically sick’
Following a two-and-a-half hour hunt in the Somerset countryside, she was eventually located in a cow barn in Gossard Lane, High Littleton.
She was rushed to Rosemary Lodge Veterinary Hospital in Bath in a police vehicle travelling on blue lights and sirens.
Vets said she sustained complicated and traumatic injuries – including both hind legs suffering full-thickness skin loss and an open fracture of a foot.
Despite the best efforts of vets to treat Daisy, her pain could not be controlled and she was put to sleep nine days later.
An earlier hearing heard how one witness ‘fell to the floor and went into shock’ following the incident and was prescribed Diazepam by her GP due to being unable to sleep.
PC Natalie Cosgrove also described Daisy’s injuries as ‘the worst thing I have ever seen’ and it made her ‘feel physically sick’.
‘I felt shocked, I couldn’t sleep and I cried… I hugged my own dog crying in sympathy for Daisy’, she told the court previously in a victim person statement.
She added that the dog’s suffering was ‘something that cannot be described’ and said she was ‘traumatised’ when Rendall smirked in his police interview.
‘I just felt incredibly sorry for her, that a human let her down so badly.
‘This is one of those jobs that will haunt me forever.’
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