Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Trainer periodic detention and fined

A man who abandoned a greyhound in a car for 14 hours, leading to the $10,000 dog's death, has been sentenced to five months' periodic detention and fined.

Trainer Terry Darragh, 37, left Go Bronco in a station wagon in Glebe, in Sydney's inner-west, after failing to stop when his car hit a bus.

He falsely reported the car missing and the dog died from organ failure three days after it was found.

Darragh pleaded guilty to four charges, including animal cruelty and negligent driving.

He has been fined $1,000 and ordered to serve five months' periodic detention and 150 hours of community service.

The magistrate said the offences were serious, after the court heard a vet's report that the dog would have suffered enormous pain.

Darragh's solicitor has lodged an appeal against the severity of the sentence.

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