A man who bashed a dog with a pole and suspended it on a clothesline has been jailed for animal cruelty offences.
Hally Jade James French, 21, pleaded guilty to ill treatment of an animal and causing serious harm.
The court was told a neighbour heard the dog yelping and saw the attack from over the fence.
When police and RSPCA inspectors arrived the dog was lying motionless in a pool of blood and was taken to an emergency vet clinic in a critical condition.
The dog suffered rib fractures and head trauma as well as shock and stress, but made a full recovery.
The court heard French suffered post traumatic stress syndrome as a result of his disadvantaged and traumatic childhood, and could not cope with the dog when it was in his care.
Magistrate Paul Foley imposed a three-month jail sentence for the violent crimes.
“This serious offending involved violence towards a defenceless animal who you were charged with looking after at the time,” Magistrate Foley said.
“While I have sympathy for your position I take the view that on this occasion there is no basis for me to suspend that term of imprisonment. I will require you to serve that sentence.”
He also revoked a three-month suspended sentence for an assault on a taxi driver, as French had breached a good behaviour bond for that offence by committing the animal cruelty crimes.
He was therefore ordered to spend a total of six months imprisonment.
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