#TheList Graham Thomas, born c. 1962, of 11 Rowan Place, Rhymney, Tredegar NP22 5DT – hung a border collie from a tree and lied that the dog had done it himself
Gypsy traveller Graham Thomas was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a Welsh border collie named Prince by hanging him by his neck with a rope from a tree in August 2017.
Three witnesses called the RSPCA after seeing the incident in the area of a farm in Rhymney.
Thomas told the court it was an accidental death, and said the dog had ran up the tree with a 20-ft piece of rope attached to his neck which became twisted around the tree.
Thomas said by the time he reached the tree, the dog had died.
Witnesses told the RSPCA that before the incident happened, they had seen Thomas shouting and swearing at Prince.
Speaking after the hearing, RSPCA inspector Emma Smith said: “This is such an unusual and disturbing case where a sheepdog was killed by his owner allegedly because he wouldn’t round up his sheep properly.
“Prince would have suffered immensely which resulted sadly in his death. This deliberate cruelty is just so horrific to fathom.
“Following the incident his body was then removed by the defendant and burnt. It must have been extremely distressing for the witnesses to have seen this.
“We are very grateful to them for reporting it to us and assisting with our investigations.”
Sentencing: 18-week custodial sentence. Total of £865 costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs and sheep for life.