August 2021

Teen slammed daughter’s puppy to the ground in drunken rage

A teen violently attacked his daughter’s puppy after buying her it for Christmas.

Leon Robinson was filmed going to his ex’s mum’s house and shouting before walking inside, picking up the dog and throwing it to the floor with considerable force

The 18-year-old breached a non molestation order when he went to the home with an offensive weapon, and was jailed for 22 weeks as a result.

But he was back before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court after the RSPCA brought a separate charge for causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy.

Peter Mitchell, prosecuting, said had been in a relationship with a woman which ended in September 2020.

He said Robinson had “bought their daughter a puppy named Kyro” for Christmas.

Robinson went to the house on February 5, 2021, and was “really angry” and said he was “going to boot the dog”.

Mr Mitchell said: “He picked up the puppy, lifted it above his head and threw it to the floor with force.”

He said the dog was taken to an animal hospital in Manchester and a vet said there was “no sign of lesions or bruising” and “no abnormalities” but showed signs of being in pain when its leg was lifted.

The vet said the puppy would have been in fear, distress and pain as a result of the incident.

Mr Mitchell said despite his previous conviction it was “felt it was in the public interest to continue with this conviction” as “animals should be protected from this defendant in the future”.

Robinson, of Bell Lane, Sutton Manor, St Helens, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Chair Magistrate Stanley Golding said: “We’re aware you were given a 22 week sentence and this incident formed part of that 22 weeks.”

Robinson was handed a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

He was also ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.