A man who launched a
frenzied attack on his dog that caused the pet so much pain that
a crowd gathered because of the noise has been sent to prison.
John Maher, aged 41, of
Bulwer Road, Keresley returned to house after a drinking session
one evening in August.
His Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
called Coco, playfully bi him and Maher reached for the nearest
thing that he could reach to discipline the animal.
Court heard that Maher hit the animal repeatedly on the head
with a claw hammer.
The dog’s squeals of
pain were heard by neighbours who looked over the fence and saw
what was going on.
They called the police
and went to the front of the house, where a crowd of other
neighbours, some from another street, had gathered because of
the noise of the distressed animal.
The dog suffered severe
head injuries but has since recovered. It has been re-homed with
a family in Coventry.
Maher was today
sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment for the attack after he
pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Magistrates decided not
to go along with a recommendation in a pre-sentence report that
he be given probation.
They also banned him
from keeping any domestic animals for life and ordered that he
should pay £320 costs.
An RSPCA spokesperson
said they were pleased with the result of the case, particularly
the ban, as it prevented Maher from having the chance to do this
to an animal again.
Maher told the court
that the attack happened because he was depressed and under the
influence of alcohol.