A Melbourne man has been sentenced to two years’ jail after pleading guilty to killing a dog on the Sydney highway.
The jury heard how the 19-year-old was caught on camera dragging the dog to the footpath with his car.
He had pleaded not guilty to charges of causing grievous bodily harm and cruelty to animals.
The dog died from its injuries in the early hours of January 18.
Police say the dog was found by a family member in a ditch at the end of the Atherton Freeway, on the far south-west side of the city.
They said the dog died of blunt force trauma.
The judge sentenced the man to two and a half years in jail, with a minimum of three years.
The court heard the dog had been injured on the way to work.
It is believed the dog could have survived for at least four years, but it was likely that it would have died.
Topics:law-crime-and-justice,crimes-and,law-criminal-law,police,australiaFirst posted March 19, 2020 12:28:49Contact Kate MacdonaldMore stories from New South Wales