Dog owner’s sick ‘game’ lands him in jail

A dog owner from Gateshead has been sentenced to 18 weeks in jail after he set his dog on a defenseless cat last May in front of two shocked school children.

William Tucker, together with an unidentified acquaintance, coaxed the cat out from underneath a stationary car before setting his Lurcher free and encouraging the dog to attack the black and white pet. The dog immediately sunk its teeth into the torso of the feline and started throwing it up in the air. Lurchers are usually described as a ‘fun-loving, affectionate, lovable dogs’ but are known to thrive on the leadership of their master.

The Evening Chronicle reports that two young boys witnessed the attack, which happened in Leam Lane, Gateshead at around 8pm on the 20th May 2014. The witnesses, who ran to the local community centre to raise the alarm, stated that the horrific attack lasted around 5 minutes, with the cat screaming until the dog finally killed it.

The body was then disposed of by Tucker’s friend who used a stick to push it under a nearby fence.

Dog Owner

William Tucker, pictured above with his dog and unknown friend, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and causing an animal fight. No further arrest has been made regarding his acquaintance, who is still yet to be identified.

The news snippet below, taken from the Evening Chronicle, shows the prosecuting statement…


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The court heard that Tucker had a clean criminal record prior to this offence, and had recently been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Despite this, the magistrates decided that an immediate custodial sentence was deserved.




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