A man from Wirral has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering after he admitted killing his dog by throwing it against a wall.

Shaun David Skinner –  who had owned the dog for just three weeks – attacked the Staffordshire bull terrier after it defecated on his bed. He called the police after the incident and fully admitted his actions.

Skinner had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of his six-month-old Ty in October last year. He was given a 12-week custodial sentence and a life ban on keeping all animals at Wirral Magistrates Court yesterday (April 7).

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) inspector Anthony Joynes attended Skinner’s previous address on Gamlin Street, Birkenhead, with police on October 28 and found several patches of blood on the floor and stairs before discovering Ty dead in the bath.

Chris Murphy, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said Skinner had taken the dog for a walk in the park earlier that day. After returning home, the brindle and white dog went to play upstairs and during that time, Ty urinated and defecated in the bedroom.

On discovering what the dog had done, the court heard that Skinner grabbed it by the scruff of its neck and threw it at the wall, causing it to hit its head.

Mr Joynes said: “This was a horrendous case and an act of brutal violence against a young, defenceless dog.

“If people are going to act like this, this case should show them they can expect to go in front of a magistrate and possibly be sent to prison.”

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