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Sydney surgeon found guilty of cruelly beating up girlfriend's six pound dog

A Sydney oncologist and university lecturer didn't care about life when he beat up a six pound dog.
A Sydney oncologist and university lecturer didn't care about life when he beat up a six pound dog.
Contributed photo via the Daily Telegraph

Dr. Nicolas Oddone is a well-known oncologist and lecturer at the University of Sydney in Australia, but wasn't able to control his temper when he severely abused his girlfriend's six-pound, three-ounce Papillon reported the Daily Telegraph.

In July, Oddone was found guilty of one count of animal cruelty at the Downing Center Local Courthouse and will be sentenced this week. Oddone faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a fine of $22,000.

The dog's owner had been dating Oddone for approximately a month when the woman brought her dog named Prinni over to the doctor's Woolwich apartment on June 10, 2013. According to records, she had just reminded Oddone to be kinder to Prinni when the physician's anger ran out of control. As a result of the abuse, the tiny dog suffered 14 fractures of which 12 were broken ribs, internal bleeding, liver damage and a partially collapsed lung.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the young woman turned over text messages to the court advising Oddone to get psychological help for his anger stating:

“Get some help with anger management before your anger claims any more innocent or defenseless victims­...The cost to her (Prinni’s) quality of life and the psychological impact on my family is immeasurable.”

Oddone has since apologized to the woman, but obviously the damage has already been done. Authorities agree that most uncontrolled anger or that "beast within" usually is the result of some childhood trauma whether it was caused by abandonment, neglect or abuse. Uncontrolled anger can be dangerous, and it can even lead to death. Hopefully, part of Oddone's sentencing will require him to undergo anger management therapy.

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