LISTEN: Tiny dog thrown into fire – offender thrown in jail

Gert Coetzee stabbed a dog and threw it in a fire.
Gert Coetzee stabbed a dog and threw it in a fire.

A 34-YEAR-OLD Calliope man will spend until at least May 3 in jail after stabbing a small white Maltese terrier and throwing it into a fire while it was still alive.

The Gladstone Magistrates Court heard how Gert Johannes Cornelius Coetzee had attacked the dog during an argument with his partner on Boxing Day last year.

Police prosector Gavin Reece told the court how Coetzee had threatened to kill the dog while in a drunken frenzy, grabbed it, stabbed it in the shoulder and then threw it into a lit brazier.

The dog escaped and ran away. It was found the following day and taken to a vet.

It is still recovering from the ordeal.

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When police officers arrived at the property he denied there was a dog at the house, saying that blood which was on the kennel was from a cut on his foot and that the kennel was used for a cat.

The vet's report stated that the dog had a 6cm long cut on its shoulder and the wound went through to the chest cavity, and parts of the dog's lungs were exposed in the hole.

The dog's hair was singed from the fire, its back feet were blistered and burned and its front feet were blistered.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito had told the court that Coetzee was normally a good and loving father but his behaviour changed when he drank alcohol.

When sentencing Coetzee, magistrate Penelope Hay told him he had a significant problem with alcohol.

"You made the decision to drink, knowing that you had problems with alcohol," she said.

"You placed your partner and family at risk. There is no excuse for that.

"The dog was a small white Maltese terrier. You are a grown man. You should know better."

Coetzee, who already had two months of a suspended sentence hanging over his head from other charges, had four months prison added to those two months.

He also received two months jail from other offences.

His parole date is May 3.

As well as the prison sentence, Coetzee was ordered to pay restitution amounting to $1414.90 to the Queensland Police Service, which had paid for the vet treatment of the dog.

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