A former magistrate has killed his pet German Shepherd with a hammer because he was following him around the house too much.
Melvyn Hall, 71, said he ‘lashed out’ after Molly ‘got on his nerves’ so he hit her over the head, strangled her with a washing line and then dumped her body in the River Tyne.
Hall was tracked down by the RSPCA after they found the six-year-old dog’s body washed up on the banks of the Tyne with a piece of washing line around her neck on December 6 last year.
Her microchip led RSPCA inspectors to a breed rescue group who had re-homed her in March 2017 – and, in turn, to Hall, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, reports Chronicle Live.
Hall, who previously worked for the NHS, changed his story several times after he was contacted.
At first he claimed Molly had suffered an aneurysm but he later admitted to the attack.
RSPCA Inspector Rowena Proctor said: “When the rescue called Hall he told them that Molly had died of a ruptured aneurysm and had been seen by a local vet but he couldn’t remember the name, which he initially re-iterated when I visited him the next day.
“However, in the interview that followed he said he had gone to the shop and come home to find her dead before going on to admit hitting Molly on the head with a hammer, strangling her with the washing line that was around her neck when her body was found and dumping her in the River Tyne.
“He said he did it because she was following him around and getting on his nerves and he lashed out.
“He showed me where he had done it, in his garden shed, and gave me the hammer he had used
Appearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Hall admitted two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to Molly.
However, the court was told that he had been trying to hit a mouse with the hammer and hit Molly accidentally, cradling her in his arms until she died, though he said he hadn’t provided her with veterinary treatment.”