A man has been jailed after breaking his pet dog's neck and burying her body in woods near Tewkesbury.
The six-year old female grey terrier dog called Jabby, had been living with Arron Balogh and his four housemates for a year. In that time, witnesses had heard him yell at her and hit her several times.
The court heard that on 4 April Jabby was seen going out into the garden at 11:30pm before going into Balogh’s room, but, by 1am, Balogh had come down the stairs with the body of the small terrier stating ‘I think my dog is dead’.
He went on to put her body in a black sack and left the bag on the patio before, at some time during the early hours, deciding to bury her body in a small grave in some nearby woodland.
A post-mortem examination later revealed that her death had been caused by violent force that led to her neck being broken and her spine being severed.
The 31-year-old was found guilty at Cheltenham Magistrate's court of using physical violence to kill an animal.
He was sentenced to six months in prison and banned from keeping animals for life.