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"It was a problem dog": man pleads guilty to pet's death

Bradley Ashton pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court. His girlfriend Taryn Graham supported him in court. They speak to the media outside court.
Bradley Ashton pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court. His girlfriend Taryn Graham supported him in court. They speak to the media outside court.

A MAROOCHYDORE man has told a court he slit the throat of a "problem dog" after it attacked his girlfriend's dog and latched on to her arm.  

Bradley Ashton, 38, pleaded guilty to cruelty to an animal in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday morning. 

Lawyer Bernie Bradley acted on behalf of RSPCA as prosecutor. 

Ashton acted on his own behalf. 

The court heard Ashton's dog Knuckles, a bull terrier-cross, was involved in a fight with his girlfriend's dog Major at their home on January 31, 2014.

The court heard Ashton was not home at the Maroochydore property at the time of the dog fight.

Mr Bradley told the court Knuckles latched on to Miss Graham's arm subsequent to the dog fight. 

She was holding her four-year-old daughter in her arms at the time. 

The court heard when Ashton arrived home and was told what happened he grabbed a kitchen knife, went into the backyard and slit Knuckles' throat. 

Mr Bradley said the dog was also stabbed. 

In his defence, Ashton told the court Knuckles was a problem dog that had attacked Major previously and that he had tried unsuccessfully to re-home it. 

Ashton told the court he slit the dog's throat and when it did not die he then stabbed the dog to put it out of its misery. 

Miss Graham was in court to support Ashton.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy accepted that Ashton had not acted out of cruelty or callousness but she said a message needed to be sent to the community to show there was more humane ways to deal with problem dogs.

Ashton was fined $2000 and half the fine would be given to the RSPCA. 

 

EARLIER: 

A 38-YEAR-OLD man is due to appear in court today over an incident where he allegedly slit the throat of his girlfriend's dog. 

RSPCA Queensland said the man stabbed and killed a bull terrier-cross named Knuckles on January 31, 2014 at an Anzac Ave home at Maroochydore. 

An RSPCA spokesman said the dog belonged to his girlfriend. She was not home at the time of the alleged killing. 

>> CABOOLTURE'S TRACK RECORD FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY IS DISGUSTING 

The RSPCA was called and an inspector headed out to the property. 

The man has been charged with inhumane killing of an animal and is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday. 

Topics:  animal cruelty court



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