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Man struck puppy with frying pan

A man who hit a puppy with a frying pan has been given a suspended sentence after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.

John Bagster, of The Acres in Barnack, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, was also banned from keeping animals for 15 years at Grantham Magistrates' Court.

The 20-year-old was sentenced to 21 weeks in a young offenders institution for each of three charges.

The sentences - to run concurrently - were suspended for one year.

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

'Systematic abuse'

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges of physically assaulting an animal and failing to provide veterinary attention causing the puppy to suffer unnecessarily.

The court heard over a three-week period in January 2008, the 13-week old terrier-cross puppy was repeatedly attacked and on one occasion was beaten with a frying pan.

Magistrates heard the puppy suffered a fractured pelvis as well as swelling and bruising to its hind leg.

After sentencing, Insp Clint Davies of the RSPCA said: "I think 15 years [ban] is a lengthy period.

"I would like to have seen more... but 15 years I'm quite happy with.

"I'm slightly disappointed with the custodial sentence. The animal sustained systematic abuse over a period of three weeks."


John Bagster was also given a suspended prison sentence

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