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Case ID: 10100
Classification: Hanging, Kicking/Stomping
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2006


Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: William David Streeter

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

A man taunted his wife that her dog would hang to death as he subjected it to a "horrific" beating after he tied it from a roof rafter, a court heard.

Releasing William David Streeter from Cloyfin Park in Coleraine on bail, Lord Justice Nicholson ordered the 27-year-old postman to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Streeter appeared via video link at Belfast High Court yesterday and bowed his head as it was alleged that he kicked and punched his wife's golden retriever dog while wearing steel toecapped boots.

A lawyer for the prosecution told the court that Streeter proceeded to put a metal choke chain on the animal and hang it from a rafter in the garage.

As the animal was hanging, Streeter is alleged to have told his wife, Alison: "Your dog is hanging. It will strangle itself. You can hear its claws scraping on the ground."

Mrs Streeter released the animal but the following day, her husband went outside, wearing steel toecapped boots, and took the animal into the garage, the lawyer told the court.

It was alleged that Streeter returned to the house and told his wife that the dog was hanging again.

Sometime later, the lawyer told the court, Streeter said to his wife: "Well Alison, your dog is dead. I didn't think I had it in me. I did it to him, think what I could do to you."

The lawyer told the court that animal cruelty charges may be brought against Streeter, who denies threatening to kill his wife and that he intentionally or recklessly damaged or destroyed his wife's dog.

During the bail hearing, Lord Justice Nicholson told Streeter: "Despite your denials, I can't believe your wife would invent stories about this dog and the cruelty displayed by you is beyond belief.

"It was a horrific attack and it is very rare that one comes across cruelty of this kind but it shows that you have some mental illness of some kind."


Case Updates

A Coleraine man who killed his wife's pet dog is to start a six-month jail term after abandoning an appeal to get the sentence overturned.

In July, William David Streeter, 29, from Cloyfin Park, was convicted of seven counts of animal cruelty and threatening to kill his wife.

Speaking outside Ballymena County Court, his former wife said she was relieved he had dropped the appeal.

"This is one birthday I will never forget," Alison McMonagle said.

Streeter hanged golden retriever Mac by his collar, kicked him with steel toe-capped boots and hit him with a boulder in October 2006.

He has also been banned from keeping an animal for 10 years.

Speaking at the time the judge said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen.
Source: BBC News - Sept 1, 2007
Update posted on Sep 2, 2008 - 11:00PM 
William David Streeter killed a Golden Retriever, Mac, who belonged to his wife before threatening to kill her.

He was convicted of seven charges of animal cruelty and one of making threats to kill and a hearing described the judge as one the worst cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen.

Streeter hung the dog by his collar and repeatedly kicked him with his steel toe-capped boots before hitting the stricken animal with a boulder.

North Antrim Magistrates' Court were told he then threatened to kill his wife two days later..

The dog died after Streeter placed a choke chain around his neck and hung him from a rafter in his garage.

Mac suffered bruising, internal bleeding, swelling of the back, broken ribs and bleeding on the brain and lungs.

Streeter was released on bail pending a High Court appeal and banned from keeping an animal in 10 years.
Source: K-9 Magazine - July 19, 2008
Update posted on Jul 19, 2008 - 11:46AM 

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