Jailed over animal cruelty
By ADRIAN MILLER
A YAMBA man has been sentenced to a year in jail for attacking his dog with a hammer.
Anthony David Jeal was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non-parole period of nine months in the Maclean Local Court on Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an act of cruelty on an animal and two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment.
He was also fined $1000 plus $65 for court costs.
Jeal was also found guilty of common assault and was fined $400 plus $65 costs.
He has appealed the jail term and will face Grafton District Court on May 15.
According to police fact sheets tendered to the court, Jeal had been drinking on the night of the incident, before arguing with his partner and returning to his home.
The fact sheets stated Jeal began using the hammer to hang nails in his garage, before the dog started 'causing annoyance'.
He told police he then struck the dog once on the head with the hammer.
However, after police had the animal examined by a vet, it was found the dog had a fractured skull caused by approximately six blows to the head.
Police said the dog was kept tethered in the backyard of Jeal's home, was infested with fleas and was suffering mange.
They said the dog was also infested with worms and was malnourished.
Jeal was ordered by Magistrate Kim Pogson to pay costs incurred by the RSPCA in looking after and treating the dog and was told he was not to purchase, acquire or take possession of another animal.
The magistrate also ordered for his dog to be found a new home.