Sick thug killed girlfriends puppies by slamming them into concrete floor

A sick thug who killed his girlfriends puppies by slamming them into a concrete floor while attached to their leads has been jailed for seven years and five months.

Jimmy Smith killed cocker spaniels Sky and Angel as part of a decade-long campaign of domestic violence against his partner.

During the hearing at Canterbury Crown Court earlier this month (January 12), his words to the partner – who has not been named – as he killed the innocent dogs were heard, after which he picked up an axe in an attempt to throw it at her.

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He said: “I've knocked your spleen out and now I'm going to scar your face.”

Later he hurled the puppies by their leads and hit their heads against the concrete before dragging them along the floor while they were still tied at the collar.

One puppy died at the scene in August, while the other was later put down at the vets.

The terrified partner, who had been with Smith for 13 years, subsequently told the police in a statement: “I am devastated, angry and hurt – I don't know what to feel.

“I just can't believe it, it is a dream and I am going to wake up and it's not going to be true.

“I can't believe he has done this.”

Smith was also handed a 10-year restraining order.

Prior to killing the dogs Smith spent years physically assaulting, stalking, threatening and controlling his partner.

He attacked her so frequently she “just became used to it” – one day he knocked her unconscious in front of neighbours, while on another he broke her thumb.

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He would hunt her down at bars, restaurants and even a garage as she had her tyre replaced.

The court heard Smith abused her so persistently that his girlfriend had to tell her friends not to post anything on Facebook “for fear he would find out”.

Smith, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, pleaded guilty before a trial last year to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and controlling and coercive behaviour between August 2019 and August 2022.

An RSPCA spokesman said of the puppies' deaths: “This shocking incident reminds us that pets sadly can be used as a way of controlling people, as a form of domestic violence.

“We would urge anyone experiencing these problems to seek help from the police or a domestic abuse charity, who will also be aware of any charities who provide pet fostering services to help care for animals while owners can get the support they need.”

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