Liam Dowling of Fitzgibbon Court, Fitzgibbon Street, Dublin told gardaí that the dog had run off when he had taken it off its lead, but later admitted killing the pet. Photograph: Collins.

A Dublin man who violently killed his sick dog in a park full of children has been ordered to carry out community service. Liam Dowling’s case was adj(...)

 Liam Dowling (44) of Fitzgibbon Court, Fitzgibbon Street, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to killing a protected animal at Clonliffe College. Photograph: Court Collins

A Dublin man who claimed he couldn’t afford vet bills for his sick dog will avoid a jail term for violently killing the animal in a park full of child(...)