A Carmarthenshire woman who admitted suffocating her dog has been jailed by magistrates — against the advice of a psychiatric report.No doubt it was the usual garbage about how she wasn’t hugged enough as a kiddie.
But given the horrific act it’s to the mags’ credit that they kicked it into touch…
Hillary Rees, 44, of Park Hall in Carmarthen, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when she appeared before Llanelli Magistrates' Court earlier this year.Interesting. I wonder just how that came about? A complaint? And if it's a potential 'danger to her family', is it not a potential danger to others?
Rees killed her black and white English bull terrier Lockie on May 14 last year after being told by Carmarthenshire Council it could be a danger to her family.
Something the council should therefore be acting on, rather than hoping the owner will do the decent thing?
At her sentencing, magistrates heard how Rees suffocated the dog by putting him in a muzzle and putting a plastic bag over his head, a method which took 10 minutes to kill the dog.And did she try the ‘I can’t afford a vet’ excuse tried (and accepted) by so many others?
Prosecuting, Jon Tarrant said Rees had received a number of offers from friends and neighbours to look after the dog, and had been offered help by the council.The vicious underclass animal-torturing bitch! No wonder they told the defence to take a hike…
Mr Tarrant said she had refused the offers, saying she had paid £700 for the dog and wanted £700 back.
Mitigating, solicitor David Williams said a report from psychiatrist Dr Christopher Moyle warned an immediate custodial sentence "would not be appropriate" for Rees.What ‘positive work’?
Mr Williams said: "He and the psychotherapist are of the view that Miss Rees's mental health would deteriorate and undo a lot of the positive work undertaken to date."
Mr Williams then asked the court to consider a suspended sentence with a 12-month supervision order.She should have received a lifetime ban.
But chair of the bench David Owens ignored their advice, handing Rees a 16-week prison sentence.
He said: "We have listened to all the facts.
"We have been concerned, and still are concerned, of the extreme level of suffering of the dog, the use of the bag and the muzzle to bring about its extended death.
"And so our sentence is that you will be sent to prison for a total of 16 weeks."
Rees was also banned from being involved with the keeping of dogs or cats for 10 years.