In South Wales, a farmer who killed his sheepdog for not rounding up his flock properly, has been jailed for four-and-a-half months. Graham Thomas, 55, wrapped a 20 foot rope around his sheepdog named Prince’s neck and hanged him from a tree.
According to the Daily Mail, Thomas pleaded not guilty, contending his dog climbed up the tree by himself and accidentally twisted the rope around his neck. He stated, by the time he found his dog and tried to help, Prince was dead. After finding his dog Thomas burned the dog’s body.
Witnesses to the incident, however have another version of Prince’s death. At the Newport Magistrate’s Court, earlier this week, neighbors could hear Thomas swearing and shouting at the Welsh border collie in the moments before he was killed. In testimony, a veterinarian stated the hanging of the dog would have caused “great fear, distress and clear unnecessary suffering.” In addition, a RSPCA officer stated Thomas’ story didn’t add up.
The jury found Thomas guilty of animal cruelty with the judge calling it one of the “clearest acts of cruelty that had been encountered and was so serious that only custody could be justified.”
Thomas has also been banned from owning any dogs and sheep for life in addition to his sentence of 18-weeks of jail.
(Photos of sheepdog hanged from a tree via screenshots from Wales News Service)
Rest in peace Prince.
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