RIGHT: Miles Ross Davidson outside court.
RIGHT: Miles Ross Davidson outside court. Rodney Stevens

Man jailed for 9 months for killing step-daughter’s dog

A BEXHILL man has been convicted and sentenced to nine months in jail for killing his partner's daughter's one-year-old dog in January.

Miles Ross Davidson was arrested on Australia Day after bushwalkers who found the body of the whippet-Staffordshire terrier cross took it to Lismore pound and police were notified.

The 42-year-old was taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with three counts of committing an act of aggravated cruelty on an animal, and transporting waste to an unlawful waste facility over the death of the dog on January 22.

Police allege Davidson used two garbage bags to suffocate the dog, before dumping its body in nearby bushland.

Davidson, who made full admissions to police about the crime, was granted conditional bail.

"The accused has suffocated the whippet dog and then disposed of the body," court documents said.

When Davidson appeared at Lismore Local Court in March his solicitor, Mr Roberts, entered a guilty plea to dumping the dog's body but said his client was not guilty of committing an act of aggravated cruelty on the dog.

The court heard Davidson was looking after the dog while his partner was away.

Davidson told police he killed the dog because it was preventing the owner from getting a rental property.

But the dog's owner reported the matter to police.

When Davidson appeared on June 2 for sentencing at Lismore Local Court he entered guilty pleas to four charges including aggravated animal cruelty, to which he received the nine months jail.

Davidson was also ordered to pay a $350 vet bill and was issued a Companion Animal Disqualification Violence Order.



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