An ‘arrogant’ schoolboy kicked and punched a pensioner’s dog to death after ‘completely losing his temper’.
The 14-year-old has been banned from keeping animals for five years following the incident last October.
He attacked the Staffordshire bull terrier named Teddy after it held down his own ‘aggressive’ dog at St Ives, west Cornwall.
The ‘good natured’ dog suffered a fractured skull and multiple blunt force injuries to his head, neck and torso.
At Truro magistrates court the boy was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
His father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was cleared of the same charge after a two day trial.
The boy – now 15 – was today given the five year ban, fined £500 and given a night time curfew.
District Judge Diana Baker said he was and ‘arrogant’ teenager who would have been going ‘straight down those steps to custody’ if he was an adult.
She said: ‘This is at the highest level of animal cruelty.’
RSPCA prosecutor Kevin Withey said the attack was witnessed by many people on a residential street and called it ‘traumatic’.
He said Teddy was a good natured dog while the other dog was ‘aggressive’.
Teddy’s owner Jacqueline Stevens, 72, said her eight year old dog was ‘my world’ adding: ‘I miss him so much.’