The ODT reports:
The longest sentence for animal cruelty in New Zealand was imposed on a Dunedin man yesterday.
Jeffrey Hurring, 19, a supermarket shelf-filler, was sentenced in the Dunedin District Court to 12 months’ jail for killing an 18-month-old male Jack Russell dog in Dunedin on February 2 this year.
He was also barred from owning an animal for 10 years.
Sadly with parole he may be out in a couple of dozen weeks.
Hurring admitted killing the dog, named Diesel and owned by a friend, by first trying to strangle it using a chain, his hands and his feet.
When the dog did not die after 30 minutes, he poured petrol down its throat, stuffed a pillow-case down its throat and finally hit it on the head with a spade.
The impact broke the dog’s back and jaw, killing it.
How absolutely monstrous.