We have yet another case of a pet paying for the bad relationship of humans. Richard J. Atkinson, 63, pleaded guilty to stabbing the parrot, Bailey, of his former girlfriend with a serving fork. He then trashed the house. For the crime, he has received a six month jail sentence.
His counsel blamed a mix of anti-anxiety medication with whiskey and later “felt horrible” about the bird’s demise.
Superior Court Judge George Appel also forbade Atkinson from owning or possessing animals for five years for such a “depraved” act. I expect most animals would find five years as an uncomfortably short period.
The question is whether his former girlfriend will also sue for intentional infliction of emotional distress. We discussed this very subject yesterday with regard to an Alabama lawyers alleged killing of the family dog in a bitter divorce. Bailey was 18 years old at the time of his untimely death. That is an excellent basis for an intentional infliction claim.
Source: Herald Net