30/05/2008

Dog's Cruel Death Recalled

The death of a pet dog, cruelly killed by a woman's estranged husband was recalled in court earlier this week.

Alison McMonagle, 35, spoke about the ordeal after Wednesday's court case in which William David Streeter, 28, admitted ill-treating and killing his wife's pedigree golden retriever, called Mac.

After he hanged her dog, she was made to dig a grave for her beloved pet.

The grim story was revealed at North Antrim Magistrates Court, when Streeter, from Coleraine, also admitted making threats to kill Ms McMonagle in October 2006.

Streeter also admitted seven counts of cruelty to the dog over a period of a year including hitting it with a boulder and kicking it while wearing steel toe-capped boots.

He also admitted soaking the dog with a hose then leaving it outside and that he hanged the animal, causing its death. He is due for sentence in July.

(BMcC)

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