Man fined for beating puppy to death
Shih Tzu puppy Cookie. Picture: Supplied

A Wilson man who beat his puppy to death has been fined $7500 and banned from owning a pet for five years.

The fine was imposed after 22-year-old Chin Wei Shing failed to appear in the Perth Magistrate's Court this morning.

Chin was charged with animal cruelty by torturing, mutilating, beating, wounding, tormenting or ill-treating a Shih Tzu puppy named Cookie.

The offences occurred in March this year at Chin's house in Wilson which he shared with two female housemates.

RSPCA prosecuting inspector Keith Ginbey said Cookie had been barking and the women heard Chin yell at the puppy, before hearing several loud thumping noises and then the dog yelping.

One of the women went to investigate and Chin told her the dog had bitten him.

Cookie appeared to be frightened and hid under her bed and she comforted the dog before returning it to its cage.

The woman apparently told Chin: "Don't do that, she's only a baby".

Mr Ginbey said a few minutes later, more thumping noises and yelps were heard and carried on for about 10-15 minutes before there was silence.

The court was told the women went to check on the dog and they found it lying motionless on its bed.

The dog's eyes were red and there was blood near the puppy, which later died.

Chin, who later told one of his housemates that he killed Cookie, claimed to have given the dog a pill and when he was spoken to by an RSPCA inspector, said the dog had a needle stuck in its throat.

He claimed to have taken Cookie to a Victoria Park vet to have it cremated but the RSPCA found no records of Cookie ever having attended the vet.

Chin told the inspector that animals were treated differently in Malaysia and he admitted smacking Cookie and knowing it was wrong, the court was told.

Mr Ginbey applied for a five year prohibition order preventing Chin from owning or breeding animals.

In granting the order and fining Chin $7500, Magistrate Steven Heath said it was a serious case of "malicious injury" which led to the death of a small puppy.

Chin was also ordered to pay $78.80 costs.

The West Australian

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