Man Jailed For Torturing Dog After It Bit His Camel
The owner of a petting zoo has been jailed for killing a dog on his Sydney property in 2016.
Daniel Brighton, 30, who owns a mobile petting zoo, was found to have stabbed the dog in the back of its neck, beaten it before stuffing it into a plastic bag in January 2016.
Appearing before Campbelltown Local Court today, he was sentenced to 40 months' imprisonment with a non-parole period of 26 months.
This is the longest custodial sentence imposed for an RSPCA NSW prosecution.
The court heard Brighton intervened when two dogs attacked one of his camels, Alice, on his property in Minto, in Sydney's southwest.
He then captured one of the dogs and tied it to tree, before stabbing it six times from above his head and into its body, the RSPCA said.
Brighton left the pitchfork protruding from the dog, and took Alice to a vet for medical treatment from the attack.
When he returned to his property, he realised the dog was still alive when it began walking as he dragged it along the ground.
The RSPCA said Brighton said, “It f*cking stood up!” and, “It just won’t die; it’s alive”.
Brighton then strung the dog up on a tree and hit it with a baseball at least eight times, however a veterinarian expert testified this was not a fatal or near-fatal injury.
The dog, still alive, was then wrapped in plastic bags and towels, and Brighton ordered an employee to bury it in the bush.
RSCPA NSW executed a warrant on the property in August 2017 and the dog's remains were exhumed.
A postmortem on the remains found three scratch marks fro the pitchfork on the second vertebra behind the skull and a fractured right cheekbone.
The attack on the camel was not an excuse for the torture inflicted on the dog, said RSPCA Inspector Meyers.
"Animals are sentient. They deserve humane treatment and there is no excuse for the torture of an animal," he said in a statement.
"We would expect a higher level of respect towards animals from someone who owns and operates businesses under licence involving animals.
“Owners have obligations to ensure their pets are securely housed. We know further that the dog that escaped that night caused significant injuries to Alice the camel. That in no way excuses the actions of the defendant in this matter."
Brighton has filed an appeal to be heard in the Supreme Court on July 3.
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