Lexi the Staffie is now happy in a new home, but only a year ago she had a close brush with death when her then owner, David Owen, slit her throat with a carving knife during an argument with his partner on 1 April 2017. Owen also sliced at her left ear, leaving the tip hanging off.
Had the blade gone only one millimetre deeper, slashing open a main artery, Lexi wouldn’t have survived. Instead, she was able to hang on for four days afterwards, when the RSPCA was made aware of the situation and went to collect her.
Inspector Steve Morrall said, “It really is amazing that Lexi has made such a fantastic recovery. The injury she had was serious but against the odds she pulled through. If the knife had gone just a tiny bit deeper I would have turned up at Owen’s house to find a dog who had bled to death. Instead, despite being severely injured and in a bad way, we managed to get her veterinary help in the nick of time.”
“It is difficult to imagine how terrified she would have been and how much pain and suffering she went through because of this callous act of violence.”
As Lexi recovered in the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Centre, the RSPCA took Owen to court. On 3 April 2018, he was sentenced to five months in prison at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, and given a lifetime ban on keeping animals. The sentence highlights the need of tougher sentences for animal cruelty, a change that is hopefully not long in coming.
Lexi has since made a great recovery and has found a loving home with Darren Chambers and his family, who live in Worcestershire.
Darren said, “We went to the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Centre to look around and we saw Lexi. The moment the staff told us what had happened to her, I said to my family, ‘We have to get her’. She needed somewhere nice to live so she could realise that not everyone is like the person who hurt her.
“She has got a scar on her throat and we were told that when she arrived at Birmingham Animal Centre she was very distrusting of men, which isn’t a surprise after what happened to her. But the staff spent a lot of time helping her trust men again, they made sure that she gradually got used to male members of staff.”
The family was undeterred, and went to meet her several more times to gain her trust before bringing her home with them. It worked, and Lexi settled quickly in her new life.
“She just loves fuss and being around people. She will always sit next to someone on the sofa, but if they move she moves as well – she doesn’t like sitting on the sofa on her own.”
The cruelty she suffered has sadly left more than a physical mark, as Lexi suffers from separation anxiety as a result – but the arrival of a new family dog, Monty, has helped a lot.
“Lexi and Monty get on so well, he is so placid and is so good for her,” said Darren. “We worried that they might not get on but that thankfully hasn’t been the case at all. She gets a lot of attention when we take her out. People always say how lovely she is – and when we tell them what happened to her they just can’t believe it. It disgusts me that someone did what they did to her but she is so happy now.”
Inspector Morrall was extremely pleased with the outcome.
“My thanks and mention go to the staff at RSPCA Birmingham Animal Hospital and Animal Centre in their care given to Lexi,” he said. “Not only in aiding her incredible recovery but also in rebuilding her confidence which resulted in Lexi finding a good home.”
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