#TheList John Alexander Hall, born c. 1997, of Low White Close, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4AW – struck a tiny dog on the neck, killing him
Hall admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a Yorkshire terrier cross, called Oscar.
RSPCA prosecutor, Mr Steven Marsh, told the court that the then 19-year-old had been walking Oscar for his owner and he hit the dog with such force that he fatally injured the dog.
The Barrow court heard that the blunt force trauma caused by Hall had fractured Oscar’s vertebrae and the animal, belonging to an ex partner of Hall’s, had died from his injury.
The incident happened in Barrow on November 15, 2016 and the RSPCA brought the prosecution to court.
The court hearing was told that Hall suffers from clinical depression.
Defence solicitor, Mr Trystan Roberts, said that Hall is remorseful for his actions and he had pleaded guilty to the offence at the first opportunity. The defendant also had no previous convictions.
16-week prison term, suspended for 12 months. 12-week curfew; total of £415 costs and charges. Disqualified for five years from keeping animals (expires March 2022).