Puppy strangled to intimidate cops

IN an attempt to intimidate police, William Thomas Mason nearly broke a defenceless puppy's neck.

The 34-year-old was wanted for failing to appear in court when police came across him outside a residence in Hunt St, in Rockhampton.

He was standing out the front of the house, holding the small white puppy and drinking rum when police gave him the unwelcome news.

His response was to take it out on the little dog.

He held it out in front of him and began twisting its head beyond its normal capacity.

The dog was in obvious discomfort, but that didn't stop Mason as he then held the dog by a tight grip on its throat and twisted its neck as if he was going to break it.

Police stopped him and recover the puppy before it was injured.

Yesterday Mason pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to three charges including animal cruelty.

Not just a an abuser of animals, Mason also faced a charge of the improper use of the triple zero number after he spent a day in April continually abusing the service.

He called the line seven times in the one day, with no emergency, becoming increasingly abusive and swearing at operators.

Police located him while he was still on the phone and charged him.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said Mason was drunk at the time.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Mason $1000 for animal cruelty and a further $1000 for failing to appear and the improper uses of the triple zero number.



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