A ‘heartless’ dog owner has been jailed for feeding his pet painkillers before beating the animal to death with a shovel.
Graham Williams, 60, tried to kill his German Shepherd called Yarna with aspirin and paracetamol because she was suffering with a melon-size tumour.
After his attempts to induce a fatal overdose, he took the dog outside and beat her repeatedly over the head with a shovel to kill her off.
Yarna’s squeals were heard by a witness who alerted the authorities and led to Williams being jailed today.
Williams was told by a judge at Wirral Magistrates’ Court his four-month prison sentence would have been longer if the law had allowed.
A post mortem revealed that Yarna had suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries to the head.