A BRUTE who was high on drugs attacked his own dog - and bit off its nose.
Tyler Laverick, 20, had been smoking cannabis when he launched the horrific assault on Diesel, an eight-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
He battered him around the head and legs and then clamped his jaws onto the terrified pooch's nose and chomped as hard as he could.
Horrified neighbours who witnessed the attack called police and when traced Laverick and asked him about Diesel's condition he said: "Not good, I was biting him, I was stoned."
The dog was seized and taken to a vet while Laverick, of North Shields, North Tyneside, was arrested.
He was prosecuted for cruelty and was convicted in his absence by North Tyneside JPs when he failed to show up.
Judith Curry, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said police attended after reports from members of the public that a man had been seen assaulting a dog in a car outside Laverick’s home in October last year.
Ms Curry said: “When the constables arrived at the address, a male answered the door. The male was Tyler Laverick. He was asked if he had a dog on the premises. He replied he had a staffie that was not OK.
“The constables entered and found a Staffordshire Bull Terrier with visible facial injuries. Tyler Laverick stated to the officer that he had bitten the dog. He was cautioned and arrested for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”
The court heard that Laverick admitted smoking weed and attacking Diesel while "stoned".
The vet discovered he had an appalling catalogue of injuries including puncture wounds to his tongue, significant trauma to his nose, cuts and swelling to his jaw, bleeding in his eyes, scratches and puncture wounds to his ears and leg injuries.
The vet said the head wounds were down to blunt-force trauma while the injuries to his ears and nose had been caused by bites.
Ms Curry added: “The vet believes that Diesel was suffering due to injuries allegedly caused by his owner.
“There was also evidence of previous trauma which indicates he may have suffered previously, however, it’s impossible to know how these were caused.”
A warrant was issued for Laverick's arrest and he was later detained.
He will be sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal on April 27.