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Alleged dog basher fined $2000 for driving offences

A WOMAN charged over the alleged bashing of a pet dog, was kicked out of her home and is now living in a tent with her ex-con boyfriend, the Hervey Bay court has heard.

Krystal Sandra Taege is being prosecuted by the RSPCA for animal cruelty on the grounds she allegedly "repeatedly punched and slapped" a small jack russell terrier and warned she was going to "punch it to death".

Documents detailing the alleged events are before the court, where the 25 year old on Wednesday had the animal cruelty charge adjourned until October 20 but was dealt with for a series of traffic offences.

Wearing a black cocktail dress, heels and a flower in her hair, Taege pleaded guilty to drink driving, failing to display P-plates correctly and driving a car without insurance.

Her lawyer, John Milburn, said her partner had been in jail and she was going through a "very stressful" time the night she chose to drive despite being four times over the legal alcohol limit and without insurance.

He said Taege moved the car a "short distance" because she was in the process of being evicted, had no support of her neighbours due to an ongoing dispute and had been warned that anything left at the house would be "dumped".

He said she was living in a tent at a local caravan park with the boyfriend who had since been released but despite her living conditions had shown "respect" to the court by taking care with her appearance.

In fining Taege $2000 and disqualifying her licence for 14 months, Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said with a reading of .206, it was lucky Taege "didn't injure or kill someone".

Topics:  court, crime, hervey bay, hervey bay magistrates court, rspca



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