Man punched dog to death
A CRUEL dog owner from Newport, South Wales has escaped a prison sentence after punching his pet Yorkshire Terrier so many times that it had to be put to sleep due to its extensive injuries.
Leighton Martin Collins, 50 admitted to punching the dog repeatedly in the face after the Yorkshire Terrier, one of the world's smallest breeds of dog, had "shown him up", as Collins put it.
Collins had been drinking and admitted to having had five pints of beer prior to the incident. The attack took place outside the Nightingale pub in Bettws, where Collins’ partner Jan is the landlady, on October 11 last year, because the dog had bitten Collins
He told the court "He had bitten a couple of customers in the pub so I took him outside to sort him out. To be honest with you it got a bit out of hand and the last thing I know was that I was whisked away by my brother and the last time I seen the dog Jan had him in her hands."
When police arrived after a tip-off, they found Buster upstairs with Jan, wrapped in a blue towel. He had a cut above his right eye and there was blood around his mouth and nose.
A post-mortem report confirmed that he had a superficial wound to the right eyelid, but that there was also a haemorrhage of the right eye and the nasal cavity.
Pleading guilty to the charges of cruelty to an animal Collins said, "I'm very, very sorry. I didn't mean to do what I did. I meant to sort him out and say ‘I'm the governor’ but I went a bit too far."
Collins was sentenced to 100 of unpaid community service, although he avoided the maximum sentence of six months' imprisonment due to his guilty plea and "obvious remorse".
The cruel bully will also have to pay vets' fees and court costs incurred by the RSPCA in bringing the charge, to the tune of £1,012.89.
Inspector Edwina Davidson of the RSPCA said, "I'm really pleased with the court's response. He did show remorse for the incident, but they recognised that it's always inappropriate to punish animals with physical means. I just hope he learned his lesson."
Despite admitting to the assault on Buster, Collins represents another example of how perpetrators of extreme cruelty to dogs and other animals are escaping custodial sentences, due to the ‘lottery’ of the judicial system and the advice given to magistrates sitting on different cases in passing sentence on offenders.