Two girls jailed for torturing and killing pet parrot in Carlisle

Two girls who tortured and killed a buddy’s pet parrot throughout a prolonged consuming session have been jailed by a decide who described their cruelty as “past comprehension”.

A courtroom heard that Tracy Dixon, 47, and Nicola Bradley, 35, sprayed Sparky the feminine African gray parrot with Mr Muscle oven cleaner, daubed it with gloss paint and tried to feed it to a canine. They later threw it in a tumble dryer that was turned on.

Each girls blamed the opposite. Decide Archer, sitting at Carlisle crown courtroom on Tuesday, jailed them for 25 months every and stated Dixon and Bradley had “collectively, sadistically tortured and primarily killed Sparky.

“It’s frankly past comprehension how anybody may deal with an animal on this approach.”

The courtroom heard the 2 girls had been collected after an evening out by their buddy Paul Crooks, Sparky’s proprietor, on 30 July final yr. He took them to his Carlisle dwelling at about 5.30am and because the girls carried on consuming, Crooks went to mattress.

He woke at 8.30am to seek out his friends had messed round with shaving foam that had gone over the parrot’s cage. This was cleaned off and as he left his home to buy groceries, he informed the ladies to go away the fowl alone.

When he returned Crooks discovered the ladies sporting his clothes with Sparky unresponsive and unrecognisable, its head hanging limply out of its cage.

After confronting the pair, he discovered the parrot had been coated with merchandise together with Mr Muscle, Brasso steel polish, and furnishings polish. It had additionally been daubed in gloss paint and hit with a tea towel.

A courtroom heard that makes an attempt had been made to feed Sparky to Crooks’s canine earlier than the parrot was put right into a tumble dryer that was switched on. When the door was opened the parrot was “gasping” its final breath and one of many girls wrung its neck.

Dixon and Bradley, of Carlisle, went on trial final month and denied inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal however had been discovered responsible by metropolis magistrates.

At Tuesday’s sentencing, the prosecutor Daniel Bramhall stated the fowl had been a contented and wholesome one earlier than the “sadistic behaviour” by each defendants.

The ladies had been banned from proudly owning or preserving animals indefinitely.

Jack Troup, representing Bradley, confirmed that she maintained her denials in relation to the conviction. “That limits what I can say in relation to mitigation,” he stated.

Dixon’s lawyer, Anthony Parkinson, stated: “The 2 of them had been in it collectively. They deserve the identical sentence no matter that sentence is perhaps.” He stated Dixon had beforehand sorted animals and demonstrated love in direction of them.

Crooks had informed magistrates that Sparky was an enormous hit together with his mates and was in a position to sing God Save the Queen and theme tunes from Coronation Road and Emmerdale.

In an affect assertion Crooks stated he had since suffered from nervousness, panic assaults and struggled to sleep. “When it comes to not having Sparky round any extra it’s not been the identical with out her,” he stated. “The home is so quiet with out her now and she or he’s been an enormous miss.”

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