Man fined for hitting puppy with frying pan

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A MAN who hit a puppy with a frying pan has avoided a jail term after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.

A MAN who hit a puppy with a frying pan has avoided a jail term after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.John Bagster (20), of The Acres in Barnack, near Stamford, took in Minty – a German shepherd and Staffordshire bull terrier cross when the dog was just 12 weeks old in January last year.

But just one month later, the puppy had suffered a pelvic fracture, broken hind leg and a swollen and bruised leg and stomach after being hit with a frying pan, smashed around in a trolley and repeatedly punched. Bagster appeared at Grantham Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to charges of physically assaulting an animal and failing to provide veterinary attention causing the puppy to suffer unnecessarily at a previous hearing.

Magistrate David Payne said: “You appeared to find it fun. Hitting a puppy with a pan and putting it in a trolley is not funny.

“You have said you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself and so you should be.Your behaviour was shameful.”

Bagster was sentenced to 21-weeks in a young offenders’ institute, suspended for a year, and was also banned from keeping animals for 15 years.

Bagster was also sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of 700.

Thomas Robinson, of Water Street, Stamford, a friend of Bagster who took part in the attacks was sentenced in October, after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog and handed a 15-year pet ban, 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay 250 court costs.

Minty, who has been renamed Archie, is now living with new owners in Leicester.