A teenager who fatally kicked a dog outside his house last March has been jailed for six months. Josh Henney (19) pleaded guilty to killing a protected animal at his address on the 23rd of March 2020.
The 19-year-old kicked the dog, who was a mix between a Jack Russel Terrier, in their underbelly while the owner was speaking to his mother.
Henney had kicked the dog twice and sent it over the head of the owner. The dog, who was 10 months old at the time of the incident, died while undergoing treatment at a veterinary.
According to Garda Adam McGrane, Henney got into an argument with his mother, who was speaking to the woman walking the dog outside their flat on North William Street in Dublin City Centre.
Henney, who has 36 previous convictions and is currently serving a two-year sentence for a violent disorder offence, emerged from the flat and verbally abused the woman while making threats that he was going to kill her dog.
He then ran up to the dog and kicked it in its underbelly which sent the dog over the owner’s head.
He walked away but then kicked the dog a second time which laboured the dog’s breathing and caused saliva with blood to come out of its mouth.
The owner carried the dog to a veterinary practice where it was placed under an anaesthetic but died while undergoing treatment.
Dr. Alan Wolfe, who performed the autopsy on the dog, revealed that the dog suffered multiple fractures and fissures to its liver. He added that all the injuries were consistent with the dog dying from blood loss due to acute trauma.
Garda McGrane agreed with Cathal McGreal BL, defending, that Henney told gardaí that he lost his temper and couldn’t fully remember what had happened.
He said that he had not been able to sleep after remembering the dog screaming and wanted to apologise for what he did.
McGreal said that his client claims to have never issued threats in relation to killing the dog.
Judge Melanie Greally said that she does envisage extending Henney’s sentence due to the “despicable nature” of the offence.
She also accepted that the offence was committed out of anger and that Henney did not intend to kill the dog.
She imposed a one-year sentence with the final six months suspended on certain conditions which include Henney engaging with the Probation Service for 12 months upon his release from prison.
This sentence will be served consecutive to the term he is currently serving for a violent disorder offence, which is a two-year sentence with the final six months suspended.
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