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Teenager who broke dog’s back spared prison

A TEENAGER escaped jail but has was banned from owning animals for five years after he broke a puppy’s back.

Daniel Anthony Irvine, 19, admitting breaking the 14-week-old dog’s spine and ribs in a series of attacks over a number of weeks.

Liverpool magistrates last week decided to spare Irvine, of Halewood, a jail term but sentenced him to community service and a 12-month supervision order, together with a fine of £200.
Irvine had accepted he caused unnecessary cruelty to the crossbred spaniel called Missy at an earlier hearing.

A post mortem found the dog, which had to be put down afterwards, had suffered multiple rib fractures and spinal fractures.

It also found evidence of previous trauma on three or four separate dates. There was a recent bleeding injury to the brain and widespread bruising to the head and neck area.

The report concluded that ‘the trauma was most likely to have been through being beaten’ although in pleading guilty, Irvine claimed that the injuries were the result of an accident on or around February 9 at a flat in Ash Grove, Wavertree.

Many animal lovers derided the light sentence and said that Irvine should have been banned from owning any animal for life, not just five years.