A teenage mother has been banned from looking after animals for five years after breaking a puppy’s neck by angrily throwing it to the floor.
Catrina Baker, 18, hurled three-month-old terrier Poppy the length of a car with ‘substantial’ force, resulting in the injury that proved fatal.
The broken neck lead to the paralysis of the muscles required to breathe and Poppy died of asphyxiation, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
Baker cried in the court when she heard of how the dog probably died quickly, but only after suffering intense pain while conscious.
John Ellwood, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: ‘The vet gave an opinion that it was rare to see an animal with a broken neck that wasn’t involved in a road traffic accident.’