A man was found guilty by a jury in just five minutes of killing his dog that he then fed to another pet.
Dominic O’Connor, 27, strangled Jess, a four-year-old collie, with a lead last December then cut up her carcass with an axe and a bread knife.
O’Connor, previously known as William Moscari, bought Jess on Facebook and admitted what he had done to police, but faced a two-day trial. He said:
‘I cooked it and fed it to the other dog with a few onions and an Oxo cube and salt and pepper.’
He told police that he tried twice to strangle Jess but the first lead he used had ‘too much give’.
The remainder of the dog’s carcass was chopped with an axe and bread knife then burned on a fire with the remains dumped in Portavogie Harbour, County Down.
The court heard from O’Connor’s friend who said that she noticed a foul smell in his house which she said ‘seemed strange’.
She said that one day the collie was in the house, the next it was not and that he had confessed to strangling Jess.
She said that he admitted to putting her in the shower at first before putting her in the bin after the friend left.
She told the court: ‘In a way he was joyful about it. He was not all there. His head was somewhere else.’
When police went to his house in Kircubbin following concerns from a neighbour they found dog hair and liquid in the fire grate. He will be sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to Jess on November 21.