Man jailed for vicious pig attacks

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 13:59 07/03/2014

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A 50-year-old man who viciously beat two pigs with an iron bar has been sentenced in the Christchurch District Court today to four months prison.

Clayton Thomas Dovey had admitted hitting the pigs about the head, neck, and shoulders with a steel bar, and driving over a pig's head on his quad bike in West Eyreton in April 2013.

Defence counsel Keith Hales said one of the pigs was a force to be reckoned with, kept escaping, and Dovey had trouble getting it on a trailer. The pigs were not his, and he couldn't afford to keep them.

He said Dovey regretted the stance he took with a teenager at the time when he offered him the bar and told him to take over beating the pigs.

The pigs were slaughtered a week later and a veterinarian inspected the bodies.

The veterinarian's report said two of the pigs had significant injuries.

The beatings would have resulted in significant pain and distress, and would have likely killed any human, the report said.

Judge David Saunders said Dovey was under supervision for an assault when the prolonged and violent attack, which lasted about 30 minutes, occurred.

Dovey's probation report said he showed no remorse and tried to justify his behaviour.

Judge Saunders said Dovey was not suitable for home detention as he lived in a house bus, and probation recommended prison.

He said because of the severity of the attack, which was close to the worst case of its kind, he sentenced him to four months in jail, and to pay reparation to the veterinarian of $676.

Dovey had pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating animals, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

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