Monday, August 10, 2015


A thug has been jailed after his dangerous dog mauled his mother at a New Year's Eve party, tearing part of her ear off.

Ben Hulme, 26, was having a row with Lyndsay Hulme, 54, at their home in Salford, Greater Manchester when his  PIT BULL  Kia attacked her, causing wounds to her ear, neck, back and thigh.

A court heard that the dog, which Hulme admitted was prone to 'go for' people, is now due to be put down.
Hulme has been jailed for 18 months and banned from keeping pets for two years after he admitted owning a dangerous dog. He was also issued with a restraining order to keep away from his mother.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Hulme (pictured with a pit bull-type dog) had 32 convictions for 58 offences

Manchester Crown Court heard that Kia, a brown-coloured pit bull, often attacked people and barked if they were shouting.

On the night in question, the court heard, Mrs Hulme had confronted her son at the home they shared in Irlam about his binge drinking. As the row intensified Hulme's dog savaged his mother.

She was taken to hospital and has had to undergo surgery for her wounds. However after Hulme was arrested his mother refused to co-operate with officers after giving an initial statement.

The court heard Hulme had 32 convictions for 58 offences. In October 2005 he was convicted at the youth court for assaulting his mother.

Prosecuting, Neil Beckwith said a 'mandatory destruction' of the dog had to be put in place. Kennel costs since the animal was taken in by police had reached £3,416.40, the court heard.

'They were living together in Irlam. In a statement she says he was acting weird, his girlfriend was at the house and she thought it must have been that. She spoke to him and there was an allegation from her that she was assaulted and the dog lost control and began to bite her.

'The lady called the police and they came. The defendant was in the front garden and was described as kicking the fence and picking up pieces of wood. He was arrested and taken to the police station and she was taken to the hospital to be treated.'

He said that Hulme was 'very disruptive' at the police station.

 'A police officer had a brief conversation with him where he made a comment to the officer and said "the dog goes for anyone who shouts" he then told him to "get a statement off my bird".

Describing Lyndsay Hulme's injuries, the prosecutor added: 'A plastic surgeon said she was examined and had three small puncture wounds to her thigh, superficial abrasions to her back, two small puncture wounds to the bottom of her neck and skin and cartilage loss of the upper third right ear.'

Defending, Neil Usher described Hulme as a 'troubled young man' who had a difficult relationship with his mother and a 'huge problem with alcohol and also his temper'.

'In the 24 hours before this incident he had been drinking. Had it not been for his drinking it is fair to say that the dog would not have reacted, and if he had better control too. He acknowledges that but he needs some assistance.'

He added that Hulme 'takes a very keen interest in dogs' and had contacted police in the past when Kia attacked his other dog.
Ben Hulme (pictured with two pit bull-type dogs) was having a row with his mother at their home in Salford, Greater Manchester when his dog attacked her, causing wounds to her ear, neck, back and thigh

'This is not a case of him actively using the dog as a weapon,' Mr Usher added. 'He said that he did try and kick the dog off but his mother says that he didn't. My instructions have always been that he did take action to get the dog off his mum.' 

Passing sentence, Recorder Ashley Murray said: 'This offence is so serious that the custody threshold is passed. You will serve 18 months and have a disqualification from owning or possession of a dog for two years.' 


Sweetie Pie said...

The mounting numbers of antisocial, self-entitled, waste-of-air shits is enough to make one believe they put something in the water when this man's generation was in utero. Ditto the fact that anyone -- even his lawyer -- would say 'he's just a poor troubled victim who needs help' without fear of being laughed out of town.

At least they're putting his gripping grinder down.

B Cazz said...

It's all in how you raise them, Mum.

Cardinal said...

That dog even looks mean. Some time ago I admitted when I was 10, I fell prey to the whole "pit bulls are misunderstood but secretly I like the coolness" thing, though I've never owned a pit. Keeping these dogs is not cool. It's very dangerous and when I think about the denial I forced myself through during that stage, these sorts of reports are all the more appalling. Yes, all nutters know pits have a bloody history--that's part of the appeal. Deep down, though, I felt very nervous about the idea of a dog so known for such danger. I can be hostile and standoffish but not violent. While the "holier than thou lion-tamer" I now abhor is an identity I could previously project onto, the "pit thug" lifestyle that was more common when I was 10 just wasn't me. All this profane rapping and drugs and actually being proud when the dogs maul or kill--I never fell in that deep, but as I used to willingly spend a lot of time around pit owners I met on the street, I've observed the thin lines that separate violent from nonviolent. One group is safer than the other, but the projecting and entitled, and honestly bullying, mindsets are the same.

After about a year I stopped being involved with pits. I still liked them enough to consider them a favorite breed, but I was no longer interested in owning one and didn't argue with people who didn't like them. As the years passed I acknowledged certain people keep pits for a reason, but didn't think that alone was grounds for ending the breeding of pits. Then in May 2013 I heard about Beau Rutledge. Ever since then I've believed pit bulls should be banned, and the more I've investigated the worlds beneath my surface-shallow childhood observations, the more insidious I've found it all to be.

Cardinal said...

I've thought more about my past situation. The need for projection stemmed from my childhood, because I was conditioned to believe I was worthless and should be invisible and let other people do what they want to me. At 10 I found acting out was the only way I might get attention. I didn't physically hurt others, but my need to feel value led to noxious bluffing and, of course, joining the pit bull crowd was a one-way ticket to pretending you were tough. You didn't have to own a pit, just insisting they were victimized was enough. Fortunately I never descended far enough to meet the abyss face-to-face, and instead managed to round-trip my way back to reality.

In my case, it was a matter of protection. I was putting up walls and roaring loudly in order to avoid being hurt again. Looking back it really just isolated me and made me foolish. Even in my teen years when I still liked pit bulls, I looked back on those days of nutterism and thought, man, I was trying way too hard to prove something. And had I stayed, I would have fallen into deeper trouble. Your behavior is influenced by the people you surround yourself with, and to continue following the pit bull brigade would have no doubt roped me into a gang of like-minded, but much meaner, punks. And when you try to leave a gang, they'll coerce you into staying or attack you otherwise. My instincts kept me out of that loop. There was a silver lining in my dislike of violence and that strange miracle voice of consciousness lingering in the back of my head. That voice knew I wouldn't fit in being a punk. We can't thrive pretending to be someone we're not, so after I grew out of my nutter stage, I separated myself from the pit subculture.

Some people really are duped into believing pit bulls make good pets. A lot of them are at least a little smug, though they're not actively trying to intimidate their communities. Then there are the others who play with that cocktail mix of callous lion-taming and self-pitying anthropomorphism. I speculate they play both traits on an equal scale and are in denial about it. The question is how loud their conscience is and whether they listen to it. I believe such people who acquire pit bulls cross the line of bluffing into a total disregard for everyone else. They think it's the way to be controlled and confident, but it isn't. Peace can't be found at the expense of others. You have to be confident enough with yourself to not have to attack others or look for validation. Many dog owners seek validation in their pets. It's easy to anthropomorphize dogs into what you want them to be, and now I see this is part of the reason I detest the American notion that dogs are somehow holier than other animals.

(stay tuned for part 2)

Cardinal said...

(part 2)

The older these people get, the harder it is to convince them pit bulls aren't worth it. If anything, it encourages them to keep hiding behind these dogs in order to push their brutish, immature aggression. It's not fair for people with such massive yet easily punctured egos to endanger others with impunity, but pit bulls allow them to do that. And just like the dogfighting days of olde, they have been profiting from it by making pits LOOK like pets while secretly pumping out blood in the back alleys. They've been doing this since the early 80s, when bloodsport was outlawed as a felony across the continent. I do not at all believe the big stars of pit bull advocacy aren't in on this. They're dazzling the nation in a circus of money, violence, and ego, and everyone's playing along because the public heart has been hit right in the clutches of American sentimentality toward dogs.

If I hadn't severed my ties from pit bull culture for its violence, I would have eventually been turned away by its untouchable prominence in the pet industry. Why are they spending so much time promoting pit bulls over other animals? What's going on with the overflow of abandoned pit bulls for adoption? Why are their files littered with straight praises and ambiguous histories? And if pit bulls are so important, why are we only allowed to ask certain questions about them? Pit bull advocacy tries to hide many things, so it censors and threatens people who ask what they don't want to answer.

Wow, now I sound like a conspiracy theorist. I'm about done now.
And for any new readers who might be offended by my statement about the overall dog culture in America, I want to say I do like most dogs. What I'm criticizing is the way dogs have been turned into a sacred cow, of sorts, that are at once superior to humans while remaining enough of an animal for them and bad owners to not be held accountable for obnoxious behaviors. In short, I'm saying dogs are not people. If we acknowledged this, the pit bull problem wouldn't be nearly so rampant.
Also, I normally don't type this much.

Cardinal said...

One final statement that I'm not trying to blame my immediate family for the insecurities that crippled my childhood. We all did what we knew and, unfortunately, we didn't know much about interacting with the world in a positive, accomplished way.