The prosecutor outlined the case.
The defendant's springer spaniel had a litter of five puppies but he apparently only managed to sell one.
When they were four weeks old he put the others in individual plastic bags and threw them into a metal dust-bin. He then added a gallon of petrol to the bin and set light to the lot.
A witness said the puppies' screams were audible at a distance of some 400 metres, even above the sound of the flames.
He was asked why he had done so by the PSR author and said, "I didn't like the way they kept whining." "They're only puppies, not people."
The only bright point was that he had taken the case to trial so we were not obliged to give him any discount for early guilty plea.