A teenage boy who stabbed a cockatiel in a temper and then told the police “it’s just a bird, it’s not a crime” has been banned from keeping animals.
18-year-old Aaron Ray was given a 12 week suspended sentence after the barbaric attack in which he killed the bird at an address in South Hylton, Sunderland in January.
When the Northumbria police participated in reports of a disturbance, they found the cockatiel dead.
Police said Ray from Mayfield Road in Sunderland appeared on Friday (June 26) at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, where he was given a 12-week prison term that was suspended for a year after he admitted one Causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
He was also prohibited from keeping animals for 15 years.
Wildlife Officer Pc Peter Baker said, “We are a nation of animal lovers, so it is annoying to come across incidents like this where the accused has caused an animal inevitable and unnecessary suffering.
“I hope this belief is a serious lesson to others – anyone who causes unnecessary suffering to an animal could face criminal action and a possible prison sentence.”