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A 23-year-old man who repeatedly smashed his pet chihuahua against the bedside table has been jailed for two years and fined €5,000.
Leon Borg from Birkirkara was charged in July with causing an animal to endure unnecessary suffering, violently resisting arrest, breaking a mobile phone belonging to his mother, breaching two suspended sentences and violating his bail conditions. He had been previously charged with a violent crime.
His mother had reported him to the police after he swallowed pills and became violent, smashing the TV. The police had accompanied his mother home. Borg was found in a room on the roof. They managed to convince him to come down, as he was coming down, two bricks dislodged and he fell into the shaft. The police had to help him out.
The man was interrogated on site and was asked whether the pills were prescribed to him. The man replied in the negative and passed the pills to the police. Borg had gone to the bedroom where his mother and youngest brother were. He took a mobile from his brother’s hands and smashed it. The family pet, a black chihuahua named Otis, then barked.
Borg took the dog by the legs and swung it against the bedside table twice. The Police had to intervene and arrest the man to stop the cruel act.
The man resisted arrest and had to be forcefully arrested and taken to the Birkirkara Police Station. A police officer suffered slight injuries.
In court, the accused had said that he had done this because the dog would not stop barking.
He had pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him.
Magistrat Joe Mifsud who presided over the case said that he “wanted to send a clear and unambiguous message to society” about the obligation of proper care and treatment of animals.
Borg was jailed two years and fined €5000.