A man has been jailed after he fed his pet dog aspirin and paracetamol to try and kill it, before beating it to death with a shovel.

Reports claim Williams was in the process of burying Yarna when RSPCA inspectors arrived.

Graham Williams, 60, of Falcon Road, Birkenhead, appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on 10 November, to be sentenced for two offences:

  • causing unnecessary suffering to the German shepherd, by subjecting it to blunt force trauma
  • failing to provide veterinary treatment for an infected mammary gland tumour

Guilty plea

Williams had pleaded guilty to the two offences at an earlier hearing on 5 October.

He was sentenced to four months in prison and was disqualified from keeping all animals for life.

The judge told the court he would have imposed a longer sentence if the law allowed him to and he commended the RSPCA on its work to investigate such cases.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, who investigated the case, said the beating came to light after a member of the public heard Williams beating the dog and the dog squealing.

‘Brutal and barbaric’

He said: “They were so shocked they dialled 999 immediately.

“The dog, an 11-year-old German shepherd named Yarna, had been suffering with a melon-sized tumour and Williams decided to end things for her.

“He fed her large amounts of aspirin and paracetamol and said this was an attempt to induce an overdose. Williams then took the dog outside and beat her multiple times over the head with a shovel, eventually leading to her death.

“It was a brutal and barbaric end to her life at the hands of her owner, whose responsibility it was to look after her and protect her from harm.”

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