A 15-year-old boy was fined $645 for punching and kicking a woman’s “much loved” pet dog to death in a “prolonged attack”in St. Ives, Cornwall. In a two-day trial last month, the teen who was only 14 at the time, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
According to the CornwallLive, Justice Diana Baker recounted how a 71-year-old woman’s loved dog named Teddy had suffered a fractured skull and multiple blunt force trauma to his head, neck and torso resulting in internal bleeding. The teen defended his actions telling the judge, on October 31, 2017, Teddy had cornered the boy’s pet terrier, and that’s when the teen had a “total loss of control.” The judge stated she did not believe the defendant’s account when he claimed he was trying to protect his own dog.
“I have read a pre-sentence report which said a lot about your family background,” stated the judge. You are a young man who has lived with domestic violence for a long period of time that had an effect on your emotional well being and ability to deal with stressful situations, as did your cannabis misuse.”
In a victim’s impact statement to the court, Jacqueline Stevens, 71, the owner of Teddy, a Staffordshire bull terrier who had been described as extremely good-natured, stated she had raised the dog since he was a tiny puppy. The two had been inseparable, and he was killed just days before his ninth birthday. Jacqueline dreads just going to St. Ives now because of the terrible memories.
In addition to the fine, the boy is banned from keeping animals for the next three years. He was also sentenced to an 18-month rehabilitation order with 18 months of supervision and an eight-week curfew. Oddly enough, the family was able to keep their terrier.
Many thanks to the witnesses who stood up for Teddy – helping the dog get some justice. If you see abuse, make sure to report it.
Rest in peace Teddy. (Photo of much loved Teddy via previous handout)
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