Lifetime ban for man who strangled dog

A man who strangled a dog to death with its lead because his sister did not want it any more was banned from ever owning an animal, the RSPCA said yesterday.

Stephan Bullock, 23, pleaded guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court in Hampshire to strangling the dog, called Alfie Moon after the EastEnders character.

The six-year-old German shepherd-lurcher cross was found half buried with a lead wrapped tightly around its neck.

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Bullock, who has been accepted into the Army, admitted it took two or three minutes of the dog whimpering before it went limp and died. He was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of community work and to pay RSPCA costs of 400.

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