Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
A former UK soldier received a suspended prison sentence for taking revenge on a dog who he believed attacked his kitten.
James Hyland broke his way into the home of the Hunt family and then beat the couple’s chihuahua with a hammer. Hyland believed that the chihuahua attacked his kitten, Boss. In fact, it was the Hunt’s other dog, Chan, that had actually attacked his kitten.
Hyland has been banned from keeping animals for five years, and was given a 16-month prison sentence which has been suspended for two years. He also must complete 200 hours of community work and has been ordered to compensate the couple for the loss of their dog.
The court recorder said, “I can only describe it as an act of unspeakable cruelty. You slaughtered their pet dog with repeated blows of a hammer in an act of extreme violence. You were bent on irrational revenge on the animal. It matters not one jot you believed the dog killed your cat. We all know animals act on instinct. Adding an even sadder twist, it was not the right dog. In my view it goes beyond stupid, it was violent and inhumane.”
Hyland said that when he believed his kitten was going to die, he was so upset and just wanted to kill the dog that he thought had killed his cat.
His kitten did survive and recover from the attack.
Source: The Argus