Woman spared jail despite killing her dog by punching it during drunken attack

A woman has been spared jail despite killing her dog by punching it during a drunken attack.

Natasha Brown, 25, was said to be 'full of alcohol and drugs' when she launched her vicious attack on the pet terrier.

The helpless animal was set to be left screaming in pain and went limp before vets desperately tried to save it.

But despite their efforts, the dog sadly died fro a bleed on the brain.

After attacking the animal, Brown, from County Durham, is said to have gone on to bite her former lover and pushed over her 82-year-old uncle.

During police interview, Brown said: "I punched the dog because I couldn't punch my ex – I'm sorry I didn't mean to hurt her", South Tyneside  Magistrates' Court heard.

Brown, accompanied by her pet terrier, had met up with her ex-partner, who has not been named, to discuss the return of some items.

They had met at the home of the ex's  great uncle in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Oriana Frame, prosecuting, said Brown had consumed lager and a bottle of wine and she tried to kiss and cuddle her ex, who said no and asked her to leave.

Then the situation escalated and Brown became aggressive, reports the Mail.

According to Brown's ex, Ms Frame said they were in the sitting room trying to calm her down and Brown was threatening to smash the great uncle's phone if he called the police.

The statement continued: "Her dog was sitting on the sofa, she picked up her dog  and punched it four times to the head with force. 

"It was screaming. It went limp and lifeless."

Eventually, Brown's ex was able to call police and when they arrived the dog appeared to be having a fit and was shaking uncontrollably.

It was taken to vets and was found to be suffering from a bleed on its brain and an injured leg. It died a short time later.

During the hearing, Brown said she 'hated herself more than anybody could'.

Her defence lawyer, Angus Westgarth said she was taking medication for mental health problems and was "still torturing herself" over the incident.

Brown admitted two charges of assault and one of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

She was given a 24-week jail sentence, suspended for 24 months. She was also handed a two-year restraining order and ordered to pay £85 costs, and a £122 victim surcharge. 

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