A MAN has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his pregnant partner’s pet dog after it got caught up in a struggle between them.
Lyndon John Jones, 22, was originally alleged to have tried to strangle the chihuahua named Tyler.
But the allegation was dropped by the prosecution when Jones admitted the offence on the basis that he held onto the dog during a struggle with former partner Jasmine Norry, who was heavily pregnant.
The prosecution said he pushed her to the floor but he claimed she fell.
However, he accepted he should have let go of the dog, which was injured during the incident in October.
Jones, of West Green, Sealand, admitted causing uSealannecessary suffering to Tyler, assaulting Miss Norry and damaging a door at her home in Green Lane, Sealand.
He was placed on a two year community supervision order when he appeared at Flintshire Magistrates Court in Mold yesterday.
Jones, who had previous convictions of a domestic nature involving a previous partner, was also sent on an integrated domestic abuse programme run by the probation service.
He has to pay £85 costs and he was made the subject of an indefinite restraining order not to approach Miss Norry or her home.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the dog was taken to the vet with injuries and received an injection which cost £30.
The incident occurred at Miss Norry’s home after the relationship ended and it was agreed he should go there to pick up his belongings.
But the court heard he lost his temper when she refused him the use of a car to move his property.
He lost control of himself and kicked an internal door.
As he left he was followed by Miss Norry and the dog. He picked the dog up and she tried to recover her pet but he hung onto it.
There was a scuffle during which she was pushed to the floor but he still had hold of the dog.
“I should have released him,” he later said.
The scuffle was unnecessary and he apologised for his behaviour.
Mr Ellis said it was an aggravating feature that his former partner was nine months pregnant at the time.
Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said: “He picked the dog up in a fit of pique. She tried to get the dog from him, he did not let go, she fell on to her side and he still did not let the dog go.
“He realised it was getting out of hand, that it was silly, stupid behaviour and he handed the dog back to her.
“Poor old Tyler suffered some injuries and went to the vet for an injection but recovered quickly.”
Jones realised the relationship was over but there would still need to be contact between him and his newly-born child.