A Blenheim man who became enraged and strangled a police dog was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.
Lee Peter Kite, 18, of Riversdale, previously admitted charges of burglary, resisting police, cruelty to animals, assaulting police and discharging a firearm near a dwelling.
Judge John Bergseng said the dog has difficulty moving and has still not returned to work after the attack on September 26.
Kite and his brother had gone to an empty house at Lucas St about 12.50am with a knife and a screwdriver.
A neighbour phoned the police because they knew the house was supposed to be vacant.
Police arrived and let a police dog into the property.
Kite became enraged and attacked the police dog, grabbing it around the neck and strangling it, Judge Bergseng said.
When the dog handler stepped in to stop Kite attacking the dog, Kite lashed out, struggling with police until he was Tasered.
The attack aggravated an existing shoulder injury of the police officer, which had to be operated on last week.
Kite was sentenced to three months’ community detention, 12 months’ supervision and $250 hours’ community work.
He was also ordered to pay $593.39 in reparations for the ill-treatment of the dog.
He assaulted police and tried to kill a police dog. And he gets community detention. Pitiful.