Burry Port family's grief as dog is killed in savage attack
A BURRY Port dog owner has spoken of her horror after a "savage attack" by a man killed her pet, leaving her grandchildren heartbroken.
Janice Griffiths, 53, of Llys Mair, said the awful incident was witnessed by two of her grandchildren.
Brett Paul Simms, of Gelli Road, Bryn, was jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping a dog for five years by Llanelli magistrates, for killing the beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
But Mrs Griffiths said: "He should have been jailed for five years.
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"Anybody who could do that to an animal can't be trusted.
"My dog Zac followed me everywhere.
"He was nearly two years old and very loving.
"If a dog was run over by a car I could accept it, but to be killed by a human being? That's just awful."
The court heard that after killing the dog, Simms threw it over a fence into the neighbouring garden — in full view of the children playing there at the time.
Mrs Griffiths said incident had left the young children devastated.
She said: "My grandchild- ren were shocked by what happened. They couldn't speak after it.
"They are just devastated.
"The children haven't yet recovered."
She alleged Simms attacked her dog while spending time with a neighbour.
The attack took place on June 22 in Llys Mair, where Simms punched and stamped on the dog and threw it over the Griffiths's wall, Llanelli magistrates heard.
Mrs Griffiths said: "The kids were in tears.
"The dog was bleeding from the eyes, the ears and the mouth. It's sickening."
"I am lost for words at what he did."
Simms was sentenced to an immediate 18-week jail sentence by Llanelli magistrates.
Following the court case RSPCA inspector Neill Manley said: "This was a monstrous crime, one of the worst animal welfare offences I have ever come across and the defendant fully deserves this sentence."