Man strangled dog to death in front of its owner
THE devastated family of a staffy strangled to death in front of their grandmother by a neighbour believe they finally have closure after the loss of their beloved 'Bear'.
Rodney Leonard Farrand pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today, where the confronting details surrounding the 13-year-old dog's demise were revealed.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Christie Mahoney told the court Farrand arrived home and noticed the dog on the pathway outside of his house in Pittsworth.
It was at that point that the 71-year-old grabbed the dog by the collar and began choking and kneeling on it.
The horrified owner of Bear began to plead to end the ordeal, which occurred in broad daylight, but Farrand only continued to choke the dog and yell obscenities at witnesses who urged him to stop.
An off duty police officer then arrived at the scene and ordered Farrand to stop, telling him the dog had not even gone into his yard when the melee began.
The court heard Farrand ignored the senior constable and instead then dragged him into his yard to continue choking him.
"That f---g dog is always barking," he was heard to say during the scuffle.
His solicitor Brad Skuse said his client feared the dog would bite him during the incident.
Farrand was fined $4000 and ordered to pay $259 of restitution to the family of Bear who cremated their pet.
"The dog was not being aggressive and you were yelling obscenities at the owner," Magistrate Viviana Keegan said.
"A lot of force must have been used in the death of Bear."
Matthew Winters told waiting media outside of court today that his family would be donating those funds to the RSPCA.
"We're very pleased that the matter has now been resolved and that we can have some closure," Mr Winters said.
"Especially the children so they can now move forward, we're very pleased."