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Man Gets Longest Jail Sentence For Torturing And Killing Dog

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Man Gets Longest Jail Sentence For Torturing And Killing Dog

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - A 19-year-old Dunedin man who tortured and killed a dog has been jailed for a year -- the longest sentence yet for animal cruelty.

Jeffrey Hurring, a supermarket shelf-filler, tortured an 18-month-old male Jack Russell for 30 minutes, before killing it with a spade on February 2.

He was sentenced in Dunedin District Court to 12 months' jail a nd barred from owning an animal for 10 years, The Otago Daily Times reported.

Hurring admitted killing the dog, named Diesel and owned by a friend, by first trying to strangle it using a chain, his hands and his feet.

As the dog was still alive after 30 minutes, he poured petrol down its throat, stuffed a pillow-case down its throat and finally hit it on the head with a spade.

The impact broke the dog's back and jaw, killing it.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said the maximum previous sentence handed down in New Zealand for cruelty to an animal was nine months' jail, but the cruelty of this case was a significant aggravating factor in sentencing.

Hurring was ordered to pay $1178.50 reparation to the SPCA and to continue counselling for his drinking and other issues related to his offending for at least six months after his release from prison.

SPCA national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger hailed the sentence and said it "sends a very clear message".

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