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Thursday, Mar 29, 2007
Defendant/Suspect: juvenile male
A teenager who twice filmed his dog with a mobile phone as it savaged cats has been sent to custody for four months.
One of the cats died shortly after the attack in front of its distraught owner, Birmingham Youth Court heard.
The 16-year-old, from Kingstanding, who admitted three charges of cruelty and was sentenced to a four-month detention and training order, was also ordered to pay £250 costs and banned from keeping animals for ten years.
Chairman of the bench Dr Robert Hawker said he and other magistrates were "disgusted" by the acts of cruelty against harmless animals. He went on: "The offences are aggravated by the incidents being filmed for your personal gratification."
Nick Sutton, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said one of the attacks took place on March 29, 2007 in Wyrley Way, Erdington, where the owner of the cat Frosty lived.
He said the owner's daughter heard a bang and when she looked outside saw a bull mastiff running across their front garden and begin to circle Frosty which had hidden under a car.
Mr Sutton said a neighbour had earlier seen the defendant walking down the road with the dog which was off its lead. He said she then saw the dog attack the cat, getting on top of it and then shaking the animal "like a rag doll."
She also noticed the teenager standing nearby holding his mobile at waist height as he filmed what was going on as well as encouraging the dog to attack.
The defendant made no attempt to get the dog back on its lead and eventually walked off not seeming to be bothered by what had happened.
Mr Sutton said the injured animal, which was gasping for air, was taken back to its owners where it died ten minutes later.
Balraj Sahota, defending, said the teenager had "issues" and had been suffering from depression.
- Birmingham Mail - March 15, 2008
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