A Fitzroy Crossing man who killed and ate a puppy in front of horrified onlookers, including a five-year-old child, has been fined more than $2500.
Daniel Thomas Adriaens appeared in Fitzroy Crossing Magistrate's Court yesterday before West Kimberley Magistrate Colin Roberts, who had previously described the incident as "abhorrent and shocking", and the worst case of animal cruelty he had seen.
Adriaens, a chronic solvent sniffer living in a humpy near the Fitzroy River, pleaded guilty in September last year to ill-treating the animal but claimed he had killed it humanely.
The court was told that about 6pm on April 23, 2011, a passerby had heard a puppy yelping near the river and found Adriaens cutting its throat with a knife. By the time police attended, he had gutted and roasted it and cut off its ears, storing one in his backpack.
He told police he had done it because he was "starving hungry".Magistrate Roberts fined Adriaens $2500 plus costs for the charge of animal cruelty, and $500 plus costs for a charge regarding a burning permit.
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