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The Press Association: Pets ban for man who strangled dog


A man who strangled a dog to death with its lead because his sister did not want it any more has been banned from ever owning an animal.
Stephan Graham Bullock, 23, pleaded guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court in Hampshire to strangling the dog, called Alfie Moon after the EastEnders character.
The six-year-old German shepherd-lurcher cross was found half buried in a wooded area with a lead wrapped tightly around his neck, the court heard.
The dog was microchipped and had been a rescue dog rehomed by the RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey some time before but the original adopter had passed Alfie on and eventually he came to be looked after by Bullock's sister.
But she was unable to cope with the dog so she asked Bullock, who was living with her at the time, to take him.
The court heard Bullock, from Basingstoke, walked the dog to a vet for help and he was advised to call the RSPCA.
He then walked to a wooded area and he strangled the dog using the lead. Bullock admitted it took two or three minutes of the dog whimpering before the animal went limp and died.
Bullock pleaded guilty on September 7 to failing to protect Alfie from pain, injury and suffering in contravention of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. He was given a lifetime disqualification from owning or keeping all animals and a 12-month supervision order. He was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid community work and to pay RSPCA costs of £400.
Bullock, of Walnut Way, has been accepted into the Army and his defence asked the court not to give him a custodial sentence as he would miss his basic training.
RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards said: "In Alfie's last moments he would have suffered pain and extreme distress whilst being strangled by Bullock - a brutal and calculated act which fills me with sadness, disbelief and horror."
 

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How on earth can someone do this?

2-3 minutes of pure torture. How disgusting and heartbreaking.

What Goes Around, Comes Around. :mad:
 

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They tell themselves that they dont have a choice. Thats how they do it and its sick. I could not imagine the horror of this. It makes me just want to sit down and cry.
 

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Not nearly a stiff enough sentence.

Nice to know some mental misfit is in the Army.
Right! What if he does this to another human, a child? What if he goes on a shooting spree against our soldiers?
 

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Poor dog. :(
 

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This definitely sounds like a case in which the person believed that the dog's life < his life. There are a lot people who believe "it's just a dog" and stuff.

I strongly disagree with those people and believe life in any form is precious. It's sad. He could have signed the dog over to an Animal Shelter or given it to someone, but no, "if I don't want it, dispose of it".

It's stupid.
 

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I wish when a person is convicted of an act like that, they have to get some sort of mark placed on their ID - so everytime they take it out they are reminded of what they did, and anyone who asks to see it, can see him for what he truly is.

That is a good thing about the computer age. Anyone can now google his name and see this as a hit. Someone's going to have a daughter years from now and he is going to come looking after her, she or her folks will be able to see what he is capable of......
 

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Originally Posted by tatiana
Not nearly a stiff enough sentence.

Nice to know some mental misfit is in the Army.


Right! What if he does this to another human, a child? What if he goes on a shooting spree against our soldiers?
FWIW, this is in the UK. In the United States, if you tell your judge you'll join the Army to avoid punishment, or the judge says you have to join the Army or you'll go to jail, you are barred from enlistment. At least in the Army. There's no more "join the Army or go to jail" option.
 

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Bullock, of Walnut Way, has been accepted into the Army and his defence asked the court not to give him a custodial sentence as he would miss his basic training.
That request being on record would keep him out of the American military.
 
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