A MAN convicted of stabbing two dogs with a homemade spear was sentenced to jail time in Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday, however police are still investigating a break in at the Queanbeyan Pound associated with the incident.
Harley Bailey, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of 'torture, beat and seriously injure' an animal, one trespassing charge and one count of enter dwelling with intent after he stabbed a Staffordshire Terrier and a Pitbull cross Mastiff at a Jordan Place residence around 3.30pm on Sunday, June 30.
At about 3.20pm, police allege Bailey forced his way into the backyard of the home where the dogs were kept before grabbing a pole and hitting one of the dogs.
He attempted to stab the animal with a knife before his mother and stepfather arrived and took him home. A short time later, Bailey returned to the house with a homemade spear and stabbed both dogs before police arrived at the scene.
Both dogs were later taken by police to a nearby vet.
The four-year old Staffy had to be put down due to its injuries.
Bailey's solicitor Michael Bartlett said his client committed the attack after witnessing the two dogs rip apart and kill his cat a short time earlier, an event later confirmed by Jordan Place residents in witness statements to police.
One neighbour's statement also noted the Pitbull cross had been spotted roaming the street on "three or four occasions" earlier that week, and "maybe six or seven times" over the previous month.
The injuries sustained by the Pitbull cross, named Sunni, were less serious, and it was in a stable condition at a Queanbeyan veterinary hospital early the next week. Queanbeyan Rangers then seized the Pitbull to euthanize it for its role in killing Bailey's cat, a 15-year-old domestic short haired named Tom.
However the Queanbeyan Pound was broken into one week later on the night of Wednesday, July 10.
The only thing stolen according to a police report before the court was Sunni, the Pitbull cross that Bailey had attacked.
Queanbeyan inspector Neil Grey said police are still investigating the break in, and no charges have yet been laid. Bailey was in custody at the time of the break-in.
However local ranger Sheree Curwen told The Queanbeyan Age that Sunni was later picked up by Palerang rangers near Braidwood.
"It was finally found out near Braidwood by Palerang rangers, brought in and eventually it was euthanized," she said.
Security at the pound has also been upgraded as a result of the incident.
Meanwhile Bailey has been held in custody from July 1 and was sentenced on Monday.
Magistrate Chris Bone sentenced Bailey to eight months' jail, with a non-parole period of 16 weeks, which enabled Bailey to be released on parole this week.