Owner jailed for dog bridge death in Bury

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image captionSky the dog had been chained up to the bridge

The owner of a dog found hanging dead from a bridge in Greater Manchester has been jailed for 10 weeks.

Michael Evans, 49, flew into a temper when he returned home drunk to find the 18-month-old crossbreed, called Sky, had wrecked his kitchen.

He took the dog out of his house and left it chained to a cycle bridge half a mile away, Bury magistrates heard.

Evans, of Bury, admitted tethering the dog in a dangerous and inappropriate fashion which led to its death.

He also admitted inflicting unnecessary violence to the animal.

David McCormick, prosecuting, said Evans, of Alfred Street, had been out drinking all day with his partner before the incident on 24 March.

Evans 'sorry'

They arrived home in the early hours to find Sky had managed to open the freezer and empty its contents, said Mr McCormick.

"Evans accepted he was very drunk. He accepted he became irrational and lost his temper," he added.

image captionThe dog died instantly from the hanging

The dog was taken to the bridge near Gigg Lane and left without food, water and shelter.

A post-mortem examination revealed that its death was instantaneous when it went over the edge.

In mitigation, Evans told the bench: "I have admitted I have got drink problems. I have a temper. I have been to the doctor's for help.

"I am so sorry for what I have done."

Belinda Rosenthal, defending, said the dog had previously damaged furniture in Evans' home.

She said her client had intended to take it to the vet's when he left the house, but changed his mind and tied it to a bridge instead.

"He does not know what happened after that. Nobody knows the circumstances as to how the death happened," added Ms Rosenthal.

She added that the dog's death had led to his 18-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son refusing to talk to him.

Chair of the bench Janice Whitehead, sentencing, said: "We feel the act was intentional and the harm caused was suffering which ultimately caused the dog's death.

"We find these offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified."

Evans was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

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