A teenager battered and then strangled his pregnant best friend’s pet dog – while she was in hospital giving birth.
Lewis Modlinsky, 18, has been jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life over his ‘significant torture’ of Jager, a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier.
He killed the dog during a sustained attack at the owner’s flat on December 8.
Manchester and Salford magistrates court heard he inflicted a catalogue of injuries during a day-long beating, including fractured ribs, a ruptured liver, lung damage and scratches and burns probably caused by a cigarette.
He attacked the pet while its owner – his best friend – was in hospital having her first baby. He left the dead animal wrapped up in a baby blanket in the hall.
Owner Sammii Peers, 24, branded Modlinsky a ‘scumbag’, saying: “The guy I called my best friend killed my beautiful angel the day I went into labour.”
The court heard Modlinsky had claimed he had no recollection of inflicting the beating. Jailing him, chairman of the bench Craig Harris said: “This has been a very disturbing case. The poor dog suffered significant torture over a number of hours that resulted in its sad death.”
After reading probation and psychiatric reports, the court decided there was no reason to suspend the 18-week jail sentence.
Modlinsky of Redshank Lane, Birchwood, Warrington, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by inflicting multiple blunt force trauma, physical violence, burns and scratches.
Duncan Phillips, defending, said Modlinsky had ‘significant’ health problems which may have contributed to the offence.
Modlinsky was blasted by the devastated owner of the pet dog he cruelly killed.
“He took my precious from me and on the day that was meant to be the best day of my life,” said Sammii Peers.
Slamming his 18-week jail sentence, she said: “I don’t think it’s good enough. People give Staffordshire bull terriers a bad name but she would not have hurt a fly. She would not even have defended herself. She would have just taken it. She loved us with all her heart. I don’t understand why he’s only got 18 weeks for it. He did it the day I gave birth to my first daughter.