Thug killed girlfriend’s dog after it pooed in house then blamed it on ‘bad day’

A horrid thug who brutally killed a defenceless dog which belonged to his partner after it defecated in her house has been jailed and banned from owning animals indefinitely.

Christopher Michael Matthews, 39, pleaded guilty to killing his partner Lhasa Apso cross-breed called Sasha with blunt force trauma.

The court heard that Matthews, from Bransholme, admitted to picking up and throwing Sasha at a sofa after the dog defecated inside, HullLive reports.

Matthews claimed that he had been having a "bad day" and went into a furious rage when Sasha defecated indoors and had been "causing him trouble".

The 39-year-old was jailed for 18 weeks for his actions and banned from looking after animals for an indefinite period. He also received £240 in costs and fines.

RSPCA representative Philip Brown said suspicions about the treatment of Sasha had been raised by the vet after Matthews and his partner arrived with the deceased animal.

The couple claimed the dog had been alive when they left the house but had suffered an unspecified accident.

Sasha was tragically pronounced dead on arrival at the vets and concerns were raised about the severity of her injuries.

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An inspection carried out post-mortem found that the canine had suffered blunt force trauma to the left side of her head and face.

There was also bruising to her nose and mouth and lacerations to the surface of her liver, which raised suspicions that she had been being abused for a prolonged period of time.

Matthews pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when he appeared in court on September 10 this year.

At Hull Magistrates' Court on Monday (November 1) it was felt that the offences were so severe and the suffering of Sasha was so intense that there was no other option but a custodial sentence.

Matthews was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment and issued with an indefinite order against looking after any animals.

He was also ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £240.

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