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28 June 2012, 19:04
A teenager who beat a dog with a hammer in Atherton before stabbing it to death has been locked up.
19 year old Sean Deakin and 18 year old Sarah Amanda Tame from Atherton have been sentenced for animal cruelty.
Deakin has been jailed for 20 weeks and banned from keeping any animals for ten years.
The court heard he was hit the Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Tyson with a hammer around 20 times and then chased him around the flat, kicking and punching him.
When they got to the kitchen he picked up a knife and stabbed him. The dog was later found dumped in a wheelie bin outside.
Sarah Tame was given a 12 month community order, unpaid work, fined £200 and banned from keeping any animals for 10 years.
She had previously pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Tyson by failing to provide proper and necessary vet care following his stabbing.
The dog was being advertised for sale for £50 by Tame on a social networking site at the time he was killed.
The RSPCA say they hope this case highlights the danger of websites where pets are given away or sold and that people think twice before using them.
Picture courtesy of RSPCA