Life ban and custodial sentence for man who killed puppy by throwing it against a wall

Shaun David Skinner had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of his six-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier Ty in October last year. He was given a 12 week custodial sentence and a life ban on keeping all animals at Wirral Magistrates Court today (Monday 7 April).

The court heard Skinner, who had owned the dog for just three weeks, called police after the incident and fully admitted his actions.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes attended Skinner's previous address on Gamlin Street, Birkenhead, with police on October 28 and found several patches of blood on the floor and stairs before discovering Ty dead in the bath.

Chris Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA said Skinner had taken the dog for a walk in the park earlier that day.

After returning home, the brindle and white dog went to play upstairs – and during that time Ty urinated and defecated in the bedroom.

On discovering what the dog had done, the court heard that Skinner grabbed it by the scruff of its neck and threw it at the wall, causing it to hit its head.

Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This was a horrendous case and an act of brutal violence against a young, defenceless dog.

“If people are going to act like this, this case should show them that they can expect to go in front of a magistrate and possibly be sent to prison.”

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