A girl strangled a dog to death. She wrapped duct tape around the dog’s muzzle and strangled it with a leash. She has been given a four month prison sentence.
22-year-old, Hayley Cowan, buried the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Beau in a shallow back garden grave at her home. Cowan lived in Tyldesley, near Wigan in the U.K. The discovery was only made when friends of Cowan found and dug Beau out of the ground after it had been missing for a few days.
The friends were previously worried after they saw Cowan kicking Beau in the face some weeks before. They immediately alerted the authorities when they discovered Beau buried inside a bag.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA, British version on ASPCA) chiefs called the incident one of their most harrowing and distressing cases to date, and protesters are now calling for her sentence to be reviewed in hopes that it will be increased.
Cowan pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at Wigan magistrates court, where she was eventually sentenced and banned from keeping any animals as pets for life. She was also ordered to pay the RSPCA £500 ($780) in court costs.
Inspector Vicki McDonald confirmed that Beau had died from strangulation from the tightening of a collar, while her muzzle was clamped together with duct tape. Bruising also suggested that she was held down during the incident.
The person who committed this atrocious act, Hayley Cowan, will be a free woman before Christmas.