Teenager jailed for cruelty

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A TEENAGER has been jailed for killing a dog he and his girlfriend got from a free advertising website just days before.

Sean Deakin, 19, was jailed for 20 weeks and banned from keeping any animals for 10 years at Manchester Magistrates Court. He was found guilty of three allegations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 at a trial earlier this month.

He was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier type dog called ‘Tyson’ by failing to provide proper and necessary vet care following the dog’s stabbing; causing unnecessary suffering to the same dog by inflicting blunt force trauma and causing unnecessary suffering by stabbing the dog with a knife, all at an address in Birchfield Avenue, Atherton, between May 31 and June 2 last year.

His girlgiriend, Sarah Amanda Tame was given a 12 month community order including 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a £200 fine. She was banned from keeping any animals for 10 years. She was also deprived of another dog she owned, which has been in RSPCA care for over a year. She had previously pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering.