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East Lancs man who threw dog into television punished with slap on the wrist

Kulik received a 12-month conditional discharge for throwing his dog into the family's television set; the force of the impact broke the television screen.
Kulik received a 12-month conditional discharge for throwing his dog into the family's television set; the force of the impact broke the television screen.
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Rafal Kulik, 38, from Nelson, Lancs, appeared in Brunley Magistrates Court on Friday and was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge for picking up the family dog during a drunken fit of rage and throwing the dog into the television set reported the Lancashire Telegraph.

The impact of the mixed breed dog, named Max hitting the television, broke the screen. Luckily, Kulik's two children rushed into the room and removed the dog who miraculously was not harmed.

In addition to the conditional discharge, Kulik will be required to serve 100 hours of community service and was fined a total of $578. Local animal rescues and humane advocates called the deed" just shocking and totally unacceptable."

On May 7, Kulik's argument with his wife, mixed with the man's heavy alcohol consumption, turned into a terrible scene as he became verbally abusive. During the court hearing, Kulik also admitted to threatening his wife that he would throw acid on her face.

The defendant pleaded guilty to causing Max unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, breaking the television, and breaking a mirror.

"This man needs jail time and some intense anger management therapy," stated Alicia Conway, a retired psychologist from New York City. "It's dangerous to allow such violent behavior to go unchecked and just excuse it without addressing the real problem."

Cllr Paul Brown, Blackburn with Darwen Council, stated Kulik should be in jail and added:

"Getting away so lightly makes a joke of the law. The sentence is very lenient. The dog is completely defenseless and has done nothing to deserve this; it is shocking. The person should certainly be banned from keeping animals in the future."

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