Curran, who keeps birds including tunnelling pigeons (Ed: Huh?!?) and finches in his back garden, was described as an animal lover in court who had grown up surrounded by dogs.
He originally pleaded not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering of a protected animal, but changed his plea before his trial was scheduled to begin, saying he could not believe or remember what he had done.
Howard Jones, defending, said that his client had been told that someone had put an acid tablet into his drink, saying: “He couldn't believe himself he could have acted in such a manner because of his background with dogs and his animals.
“Sammy was a family animal, he was part of the family, he cannot explain what he did.”
Curran has already had three Lurcher dogs taken away by the RSPCA but will now have the birds removed from his care and be banned from owning or even looking after animals for the next 10 years.Hmmm, I'm getting a picture of the sort of person who owns animals like these...
Curran, who has 14 previous convictions some of which are for violence, also pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Scott Graves after kicking him while he was being arrested.Yup. That just confirmed it.