Demand Justice for Halo, an Innocent Puppy, Kicked to Death!

  • by: Nicky S
  • recipient: Wirral Magistrate's Court, November 17th 2017 (Court Hearing Date), United Kingdom

PHOTO CREDIT: © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc   Credits: RSPCA 

A man who kicked his daughter’s puppy to death and dumped the body in an alleyway has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Alan Pownall, 59, of Reay Court, Borough Road, appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ court in the week ending October 27th 2017. The court heard that the body of the six month old Staffordshire bull terrier, named Halo, was found callously dumped on top of a discarded children’s paddling pool and other rubbish in an alleyway near Pownall’s home in February this year. The liitle puppy had been repeatedly kicked.

Pownall dumped Halo’s body in an alleyway like she was a piece of rubbish, in full view of the public, where it was later found by the RSPCA after they were contacted by police.  An RSPCA officer stated “He initially denied everything and said he had found Halo’s dead body one morning, as a result of her strangling herself to death by her collar on a crate, but the post-mortem results told a very different story.  It turns my stomach that animal cruelty like this still happens. Halo deserved better than this”.  Inspector Jones added that Pownall’s late guilty plea had added to the suffering and distress. “He could have pleaded guilty weeks ago - this was dragged out causing more severe distress to his daughter and other witnesses - and greatly adding to the cost to the public.”

A post-mortem examination found that the animal had suffered severe damage to her liver as a result of multiple blunt forces consistent with being savagely kicked. 

Pownall is due to be sentenced at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on Friday November 17.
The maximum sentence he could receive is just six months in jail. PLEASE let Wirral Magistrate's Court know that they MUST put this violent, sadistic man in jail and that six months is NOT long enough for the crime he committed.

Speak up for justice for Halo, be the voice she never had.

PHOTO CREDIT:  © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc      Credits: RSPCA

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Update #411 months ago
The Court & RSPCA were sent this petition, showing the depth & strength of public feeling regarding this shocking case. Although Pownall's sentence will never be enough to atone for the brutal murder of Halo, he is rightly going to Prison & with a lifetime ban from owning animals. Thanks all for your incredible support, for speaking out, for demanding justice - your compassion, care & humanity give a voice to those - like Halo - who have none. Be rightly proud of your contribution, thank you!
Update #311 months ago

Sentencing Pownall in Court, magistrates' bench Chair, John McGonigal said, "This was a horrific act of cruelty against a defenceless dog.
"This matter is so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence is justified."
Magistrates said Pownall would've received the maximum sentence available – 6 months in jail – but it was reduced to 23 weeks as he'd pleaded guilty, along with a lifetime ban on keeping animals.
Pownall bowed his head & remained impassive as he was taken away by officers.
Update #211 months ago
Dear animal friends, today, 13/11/17, the total number of signatures on here is almost 28,000!
We couldn't have hoped for so much support, you are amazing! Thank you so very much - keep signing, be the voice for innocent animals who need your support - thank you!
Update #111 months ago
At the time of writing this update, we are close to 5,000 signatures! The Court Hearing for this brutal man is scheduled for 17th November 2017, and this petition will be sent to the Court in due time for them to read it - and hopefully take it into account when handing down the sentence.
I will keep you all updated as the days progress - thank you, thank you all so very much for caring about this innocent little puppy, Halo, thank you!
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