A man who kicked his girlfriend’s dog so hard it killed her has escaped prosecution as it was decided the dog ‘did not suffer’.
Norman Llewellyn was arguing with his girlfriend and decided to take out his frustration on her 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Phoebe. Llewellyn had bought his girlfriend the puppy 3 years earlier as a present.
He kicked the dog so hard, she was killed instantly. Julie Blyth, called police but Llewellyn ended up being let off with a caution. It was decided no prosecution would be brought as Llewellyn had shown ‘remorse’ and did not have any previous convictions.
The RSPCA were informed of the incident but after investigating the case, decided not to take any further action.
The animal charity formed the decision on the basis that the dog was killed instantly and didn’t suffer. A vet carried out a post-mortem on the dog and the RSPCA decided not to bring any ill-treatment or cruelty cases.
The decision has caused outrage after the charity explained: ”Evidence of suffering is necessary for cruelty to be proven in the courts. And as an expert ruled that suffering did not occur, animal welfare offences could not be considered.”
The couple are no longer together and Miss Blyth’s sister said that she was ‘heartbroken’.
She spoke of the incident: ”We think it’s disgusting. It seems no one wants to know – and we are upset he has got away with it. What sort of message does it send out to people.”
Author and animal lover, Jilly Cooper has commented on the incident and has called for the charity to rethink their decision: ”It is irrelevant whether it was one kick or two. Killing an animal is killing an animal.”
The RSPCA said: ‘The Society shares the public’s concern and frustration. But of course we can only act within the law. This case is exceptional.”