Catrina Baker, 18, hurled three-month-old terrier Poppy the length of a car with 'substantial' force, resulting in the injury that proved fatal.Christ..!
The broken neck lead to the paralysis of the muscles required to breathe and Poppy died of asphyxiation, Hartlepool Magistrates' Court heard.
And why exactly did she do this?
Baker, who was nine-months pregnant at the time of the attack in June, picked up the puppy after it urinated on the settee.*entertains murderous thoughts*
Mr Ellwood told the court the animal was 'probably frightened during an argument' between Baker and her boyfriend at what was then their shared home.
The court heard how the local authority has intervened since the incident and Baker now has restricted access to her four-month-old child.Well, thank god for that! At last, a sensible decision…
I bet mitigation is amusing:
Neil Douglas, mitigating, said Baker was about 12 days overdue in her first pregnancy and was under stress after several arguments with her partner.*sigh*
Oh, and she deserves leniency from the judge because….well, read for yourself:
'I would also touch on the effects the reports of this case have had on Miss Baker. She has been vilified locally.'The OED defines ‘vilification’ as ‘to make vicious and defamatory statements about someone’. So, she’s not being vilified, so much as she’s reaping the disgust of society at her horrendous act.
Which could easily have been expressed much more forcefully, so really, she's got off easily:
District judge Martin Walker told Baker she will be subject to a supervision order for 18 months and must pay £200 costs.
She is banned from keeping animals for five years, although she is allowed to continue living with her mother, who has two dogs and cat, as long is she is not responsible for their care.I’m not sure what difference that’s going to make, should she lose her temper again. Hope her mother has some very heavy dogs…