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Dog choker abandons appeal
A DOG owner who choked his pet to death with its lead has abandoned his appeal against a 20 week prison sentence.
Leslie Bassnett, aged 21, of Arpley Street, had lodged an appeal against the conviction for strangling dog Tyson on the grounds it had attacked him.
He has now abandoned that appeal.
It means he will spend 10 weeks in prison, as defendants normally serve half of the sentence passed.
Bassnett - who calls himself ‘Les Stoner Bassnett’ on his Facebook page - is due to be released at the start of March.
He was jailed in December for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The attack, branded ‘despicable’ by the RSPCA, saw him pull the Staffordshire bull terrier’s choke chain around its legs and neck, choking it to death.
During the trial Warrington Magistrates Court heard he wanted to show the animal ‘who was boss’.