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Jealous man tried to kill girlfriend's puppy because he was envious of it

A Jealous boyfriend was so envious of the attention his girlfriend gave to her puppy that he tried to drown it.

Jealous man tried to kill girlfriend's puppy because he was envious of it

Anthony Bruce, 19 tried to kill Benji, an old English sheepdog, at a house in Elswick, Newcastle.

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When he was giving him a bath, he became agitated and held the dog’s head under the water until he was unconscious. He said he was jealous of his partner’s contact with the dog.

Benji died on the operating table when vets were trying to remove toilet paper that he had been allowed to eat.

19-year old bruce admitted to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal but apologised after admitting he had gone too far.

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He also admitted encouraging him to eat toilet paper on three separate occasions, knowing the dog was unable to digest the material.

He said he was just jealous that his partner gave Benji more attention than she gave him.

Jeff Taylor, representing Bruce, said the defendant had a troubled childhood, had anxiety and mental health issues, and was a vulnerable adult. He also told the court Bruce was remorseful.

Bruce was sentenced to 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute and was banned from owning animals for life.

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