A Nanaimo man will spend six months in jail for brutally attacking his girlfriend's dog with a hammer.
Matthew Dean Tremblay, who was sentenced Monday in Nanaimo provincial court after pleading guility to brutalizing the Newfoundland dog name King in January, will also serve a 30-month probation and was given a 25-year ban on owning or living with any animals.
Tremblay gained access to King in a fenced yard while his girlfriend was out and repeatedly kicked, punched and struck the dog with a hammer. King sustained punctures wounds to his cranium, severe bruising on his head and body, broken and cracked teeth, deep cuts, swelling and ulceration of his eye.
King was also vomitting and urinating blood. The B.C. SPCA launched an investigation and recommended criminal charges after a witness called authorities about the attack.
King was taken into B.C. SPCA care, where he received extensive veterinary treatment and made a full recovery. He is now living with his owner, Tremblay's former girlfriend, at an undisclosed location.
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