It took a lot of prompting from the court as well as advice from an attorney before Davino Shakell Howard eventually told his side of the day’s events that landed him in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.
But when he did speak, he said he loved the dog with all his heart and the memory of the event was so painful, he tried not to talk about it.
Howard, 28, of Bullens Avenue, Dalkeith Road, St Michael, was back in court to be sentenced after he admitted, last Friday, that he wantonly ill-treated and caused unnecessary suffering to an animal – the dog Sparky – on September 13, 2022.
He had previously pleaded guilty to withholding information, which had been lawfully requested by Sergeant Cecil Taylor, on September 16, and that being the owner of a dog which was older than six months, he kept that dog without obtaining a licence on September 13.
Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes placed him on 12 months’ probation. (HLE)