#TheList Jill McMahon, born c. 1968, of Denmark Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 – beat, kicked and punched her elderly Jack Russell terrier, Maggie, in the middle of the street
In an appalling episode of cruelty Jill McMahon dangled the helpless 12yo dog in the air by her lead, which was around her neck, and attacked her in front of horrified onlookers.
McMahon was seen to repeatedly hit and punch the elderly dog in the face and neck with such force she “nearly fell over” before kicking it in the stomach.
But, the violence didn’t end there and when the terrified animal finally managed to slip her lead as she dangled in the air by her neck, McMahon pinned her to the ground and continued the attack.
The drunk brute was eventually stopped when a shocked witness called the police and she was arrested.
Magistrates described McMahon’s actions as “intolerable” after she pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Anna Barker, prosecuting, said: “The witness saw the defendant sitting on the curb with a dog on a lead.
“The witness described the defendant suddenly hitting the dog with an open hand a couple of times. She then punched the dog with full force to the lower neck.
“The defendant then got up to walk away but she then kicked the dog in the stomach. She then lifted it up off the ground by its lead and she hit it three or four times with such force, she nearly fell over.
“There are further kicks then the dog managed to slip its collar but the defendant pinned it to the floor and hit it to the face two or three times.”
A shocked onlooker was driving passed when he saw the attack but couldn’t intervene as he had a child in the car, so instead he phoned the police.
The court heard officers arrived and arrested McMahon and Maggie was taken to a vets, where she was found to have swelling and was given intravenous painkillers.
Sadly, the dog later died but due to an infection and not the injuries caused in the attack.
In interview, McMahon told officers she was so drunk she had no memory of the incident.
Neil Connell, mitigating, said McMahon had suffered abuse throughout her childhood and as an adult and also had a drug and alcohol problem.
He said: “She has no recollection of the offence and I know because I have represented her throughout these proceedings and she has found it difficult to come to terms with the suggestion she was capable of treating Maggie in the way that has been described.
“She loved the dog dearly and I know from being at court on the last occasion when she learned of the passing of Maggie and the effect that had one her. She was so distressed the case had to be adjourned.”
Jailed for 16 weeks; £500 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years (expires June 2022).