Benjamin Gerrey, an Australian man, was sentenced to a six month prison sentence for kicking and attacking his five-month-old Doberman puppy while he was drunk. He was convicted of two cruelty charges and banned from owning a pet for five years.
Except the judge in the case, Magistrate Len Brear, suspended three months of Gerrey’s sentence because Gerry was receiving so much hate mail and was being “bullied” by animal lovers.
Brear said the hate mail started after the coverage of the hearing. Angry letters, emails and phone calls flooded the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court and Gerrey’s family’s house. Brear added that these all bordered on contempt.
“People who write these letters are bullies. More often than not they are sick in the head. Such communications are contemptuous of the court. It may border on an attempt to pervert the course of justice,” said Brear.
18 months after the attack, Mishka, the Doberman, is still emotionally recovering from the horrible incident. She is staying at an animal shelter. Staff there say that she is physically healthy and fine, but she is not psychologically ready to put her trust in people again.
“She’s still very fragile, especially with males, after what happened to her. We’re trying to socialize her, monitoring her behavior, but at this stage it’s hard to tell when she will be ready for adoption,” supervisor of the RSPCA shelter, Tamara Brown, said.
When sentencing Gerrey, Brear said he showed callous indifference to Mishka’s pain and suffering. Brear told Gerey that this indicates he has a “ferocious attitude” and that he is not sure how and why it is triggered. The magistrate added those who perpetrate cruelty on animals are also capable of being cruel to humans.
Source: Herald Sun