A Duncan man has been sentenced to jail for fatally beating a 16-week-old puppy.

Robert Carolan will spend four months in jail, is banned from owning animals for a decade and was placed on probation for three years.

Carolan claimed the young dog accidentally drowned after he placed him in a bathtub, and then stepped out for a cigarette.

Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, said the autopsy results for the mixed-breed puppy named ‘Dux’ indicated that he had suffered blunt force trauma to his head and right rib.

“I think jail time is absolutely warranted in a case this heinous,” said Moriarty. “It is heart-breaking to think of how much this poor puppy suffered and the terror he would have experienced before succumbing to his injuries.”

Carolan has also been issued a victim surcharge fine of $100.