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    Corby man admits killing dog in bath tub

    NewsAnimal CrueltyThursday 31 May 2012
    Dogs and Puppies

    A man has admitted drowning his pet dog in a bath before burying it in a shallow grave in Northamptonshire.

    Robert Oram, 25, from Reigate Walk, Corby, packed the dog's body in plastic bags before disposing of it in King's Wood.

    Oram said that the dog had become aggressive and he did not know drowning a dog was illegal.

    He pleaded guilty at Corby Magistrates' Court to causing unnecessary suffering to the five-year-old animal.

    The court heard Oram initially denied drowning Tyson several days earlier when an RSPCA inspector visited his home on 3 February, this year.

    Kevin McCole, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said Oram claimed he had given the dog to a friend.

    Mr McCole said: "He (the inspector) thought he appeared very nervous and appeared to be lying."

    But later the same day Oram, who had owned the dog for nine months, called to admit he had drowned his pet on 1 February.

    Alistair Evans, defending, said Oram, who will be sentenced on 21 June, had considered putting the dog down but was concerned about the cost as he was on benefits.

    His 23-year-old girlfriend Emma Barker, also of Reigate Walk, pleaded not guilty to failing to prevent Oram from drowning the dog. She is due to stand trial in October.

    Source: BBC News

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