A teenage dog napper who hurled a valuable dog out of a car during a police chase has been given six months to sort his life out.
The 16-year-old, who stole the dog in the Bury St Edmunds area and for legal reasons cannot be identified, has been made subject of a six month referral order by Chelmsford Youth Court which means he can be brought back to court and re-sentenced of he does not behave. He was ordered to pay £100 costs.
The youth from Wickford pleaded guilty on Friday to theft and causing unnecessary suffering to the springer spaniel worth £600 by throwing it from the moving car.
A second youth is also due to face trial at Chelmsford Magistrates Court in relation to the incident which took place on 10 February this year.
Prosecutor Angela Hughes said police following a Vauxhall Astra from Suffolk to Essex on the A12 saw the dog thrown from the car. It was unhurt and was reunited with it owner thanks to being microchipped.
She said the teenager told officers he “panicked” when the car was being followed.
Kate Anderson, mitigating, said the boy who works with his father “pushed out the dog impulsively” adding: “It caused little or no injury — it was just distressing for the dog. He’s very regretful - he very much regrets what he did.”
Sentencing the boy, Margaret Webb, chair of the bench told him: “You should choose better company. This incident was the wrong thing to do.”