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Man jailed following dog's death

Andrew Glazzard
Glazzard admitted he has a problem with alcohol

A pet owner from the West Midlands who killed his dog by putting it in a washing machine has been jailed for four months.

Andrew Glazzard, 41, of Dudley, put the Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador cross breed, Maisie, in the machine after it fouled the floor of his home.

Halesowen Magistrates' Court heard he was drunk at the time and put the dead dog in a bag then threw it in a river.

Glazzard, of Falcon Way, admitted causing unnecessary suffering.

He told police he put the animal in the machine for a few seconds to teach her a lesson.

'Heinous crime'

When she came out she was wagging her tail, so he said he put her back in, switched the machine on and fell asleep.

When he awoke the dog was dead. He put the body in a bag and dumped in the River Stour.

Police photographs taken in Glazzard's kitchen, in Lye in Stourbridge, show bite marks made by Maisie in the drum of the machine.

Magistrates told him that he had committed a "heinous and horrendous crime".

Glazzard's solicitor, Amanda Hahn, said he realised he needed help for alcoholism.

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Andrew Glazzard was drunk when he put the dog in the machine

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