Hanging a Dog to Death Gets You £180 Fine, Not Prison or Even a Lifetime Ban

Two people were sentenced on September 15th at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court after previously admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a collie cross dog named Shandy by hanging him.

Jon Allen (17/8/87) of Woolpack Meadows, Trowbridge pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Shandy by hanging him. He was given a 23 week sentence suspended for 18 months, 300 hours unpaid work, £100 costs and a £80 victim surcharge. He was also given a 10 year disqualification from owning animals.

Veronica Reid (24/12/71) also of Woolpack Meadows, Trowbridge, Wiltshire pleaded guilty to aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Jon Allen to cause unnecessary suffering to Shandy by hanging. She was given an 18 week sentence suspended for 18 months, a curfew from 9pm to 7am for 6 months, £100 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.

The court heard that Allen and another co-defendant, who failed to appear at court, went to see a vet after they said Shandy, who was a nine or 10 year old collie cross, had become increasingly aggressive. The vet advised that Shandy should be fully assessed and asked them to return the next day. However, instead of returning, they hanged Shandy from the attic at Woolpack Meadows on 18 January 2014.

Shandy died from asphyxiation caused by the hanging after a noose was put around his neck and he was then hoisted by the neck as the rope was put over a beam. He took several minutes to die and during his ordeal scraped at the walls in an effort to get free.

The dog’s body was found buried in the garden after the RSPCA was informed about what had happened.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson said: “Whatever the motivation for these people no longer wanting Shandy, he did not deserve to die in such a horrific way.

“He suffered horribly and endured a great deal of completely unnecessary pain and distress at the hands of those who were supposed to be looking after him.”

Magistrates issued a warrant for the arrest of a third person who failed to attend today’s hearing, it is anticipated he will be sentenced on another occasion once he is arrested.

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