A 24-year-old government engineer was given probation today for drowning his dog.

Nasir Brangman drowned his pit bull Bruno last November after the dog attacked and killed a Pomeranian puppy.

The puppy belonged to Brangman’s neighbour at the attack happened in his Lighthouse Close, St David’s neighbourhood.

Animal wardens arrived on the scene at 11:30am on November 5 after a report of an attack and Brangman identified himself as the owner of the dog.

He told the officers he drowned the dog at Clearwater Beach.

The officers found the dog in the water that same day and arrested Brangman.

He was charged with Bruno’s death the following day when tests revealed the dog had died from drowning.

Brangman told the court at the first hearing he had been working all night and lost his composure.

At today’s hearing, Richard Horseman mitigated for Brangman and said: “This is a young man, besides this incident, who had done everything right.

“He was brought up in Bermuda public schools, he went through the National Training Board, went away to school and is succeeding.”

The court heard Brangman is an operational engineer at the Tynes Bay Facility.

Mr Horseman continued: “This event happened after he had been working all night long.

“When he came home and saw his dog had attacked and killed his neighbour’s dog, he made a bad choice.”

At the first hearing, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded Brangman into custody.

He was released seven days later after a bail application in Supreme Court.

Mr Horseman said his client used those seven days to think about his actions.

Prosecutor Susan Mulligan argued the sentence should serve as a deterrent for possible offenders.

She also acknowledged Brangman had a previous good character.

“What he did on this occasion has to be considered one of the worst offences of cruelty to animals that we have seen in these courts.

“It shocked the community and it was extremely cruel to do to one’s own animal.

“If this isn’t a case for a custodial sentences, I don’t know what would be under this section.”

Addressing the court, Brangman said: “That day, I was just trying to make things right. Reflecting on my actions now, I know what I did was wrong.

“I just want to apologise.”

Sentencing Brangman, Mr Warner said: “I must consider all the factors but two of the factors that loom here are personal circumstances of the defendant and the need to deter others in light of the offence that was committed.

“He’s a young man with no previous convictions. That’s a compelling factor as to how this matter should be dealt with.”

Mr Warner said he was of the view that because the defendant was granted bail in the Supreme Court, the offence isn’t one that would carry an immediate custodial sentence.

“Having carefully considered all the circumstances, I am of the view that this matter can be dealt with other than way of a custodial sentence, immediate or otherwise.”

Brangman was given two years probation and he must participate in programmes deemed necessary by the Department of Court Services.