A man took for a walk the dog of a friend who had been unable to do so, because of an illness, and then hacked it to death with an ax because he was worried that she might bite children.
Kevin Dixon, 35, of Newsome in West Yorkshire, U.K., took his friend’s Akita-type dog Tempa for a walk and then hacked her seven times with an axe, killing the canine.
Dixon has now been convicted of causing the animal unnecessary suffering, was given a suspended prison sentence and was banned from keeping animals for ten years.
1. Kevin Dixon offered to take his fiend’s Akita-type dog (pictured) out for a walk to help his friend and hacked the animal to death because he was scared it might bite a child.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Dixon had agreed to walk Tempa for her owner Amanda Hamer who had been unable to do so after suffering a severe whiplash in early 2014.
Tempa had a history of biting people and what her owner didn’t know was that Dixon had already decided to kill the dog after she bit a woman at a party at Hamer’s home.
Dixon explained in court that he was concerned she might bite one of the children sleeping at the house overnight.
On the evening of May 16, Dixon took Tempa out for a walk and then proceeded to hit her seven times in the pitch black.
2. Dixon (left) was convicted after a trial of causing the dog, called Tempa (right), unnecessary suffering.
At first, the man claimed that the dog had not suffered when he attacked her and the assault had been all over “from first blow to last in 10 seconds”.
However, Dixon was convicted by magistrates after further evidence was brought by the RSPCA at the trial earlier in the year.
Chairman of the Bench Sue Collins told Dixon that his actions were “unacceptable” and had caused “suffering to the dog”. However, she accepted that “he is remorseful and didn’t want to cause harm”.
Dixon was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.
3. Dixon (pictured) was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.
Catherin McCullagh, Dixon’s attorney, said:
Clearly Mr Dixon’s actions were undesirable if I can put it that way, as well as illegal.
Speaking after the sentence, Hamer said:
The sentence is too light for somebody who has taken a member of the family.
Tempa was part of the family, my daughter’s best friend. She absolutely loved him — she has had an awful time through this.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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