13/02/2020

Man Jailed For Killing Dog With Hammer After Collision

A man who admitted to killing a dog with a hammer has been jailed.

John Boyle, formerly of Ardilea Court in north Belfast, caused unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier after it was knocked down in November 2017.

Following the collision, Mr Boyle killed the dog with a hammer before placing it in a wheelie bin.

Animal welfare officers attended the property and found the dog's body as well as a wooden mallet and metal hammer, both with evidence of dried blood on them. The weapons were seized from the house.
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Mr Boyle entered a guilty plea at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday 11 February.

He was sentenced to six months in custody and banned from keeping animals for the next 10 years.

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council, who brought the prosecution, said: "This was a particularly extreme and harrowing case. Council is committed to thoroughly investigating all complaints around animal welfare issues. Council takes its duty in this regard very seriously and we trust this sentencing will serve as a warning to anyone who mistreats animals."



(JG/CM)

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