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Airplane pilot drowns disabled girl’s dog because it barked too much

By Mason White 2:46 PM May 22, 2015
The dog that Stephen Woodhouse drowned 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) An airplane pilot was arrested charged and convicted of animal cruelty after being accused of drowning a disabled girl’s dog, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

53-year-old Stephen Woodhouse of Long Buckby, drowned the dog in a bucket of water to stop it from barking.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail, suspended for 2 years. Flybe, a low-cost airline, said they were taking the matter very seriously and Woodhouse had been suspended.

The dog had been bought as a puppy by Alan and Alison Boddington for their seriously ill 10-year-old daughter Lauren. The girl has since died of her illness.

According to the police investigation, Woodhouse drowned the dog because it barked too much. He held its head in a bucket of water until it died.

He then dumped it in the woods. Woodhouse pleaded guilty to animal cruelty as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.