Man who shot, killed puppy to appeal conviction
A FAR North Coast man, who was found guilty of animal cruelty, will be given his chance to appeal his conviction.
Robert Bruce Stewart of South Golden Beach was found guilty of recklessly torturing and seriously injuring an animal in December.
It was found during a hearing in Byron Local Court Stewart had intentionally fired arrows at a 10-month-old Irish wolfhound x malamute puppy, named Bucket, who had entered the yard of his South Golden Beach home and was outside his chicken coop in December 2019.
The third and final arrow struck Bucket, severing his spine, and resulting in an injury so severe the only option was to have him euthanised, the court heard.
He was sentenced to nine months prison, including five months without parole.
However, he was granted bail when the appeal application was submitted.
Stewart remains on bail and will return to Lismore District Court on May 11.