A controlling boyfriend has been jailed after he kicked his girlfriend’s dog to death – because it ‘messed in the house’.
Bruce Elliott was jailed for 19 weeks at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court following the horrific attack on Smudge the Jack Russell.
Appearing in court, the father-of-two complained he would lose his business and his house after details were revealed.
Magistrates heard that the dog was found dying outside of Morrisons supermarket in Denton Park, Newcastle, by a passer-by on October 26 last year.
Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Judith Curry said: ‘When the witness found her he said she was out of breath and didn’t react when he stroked her.
‘He said it was as if she was breathing her last breath.