EXCLUSIVE BEN PIKE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH AUGUST 21, 2014
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SYDNEY surgeon and lecturer Dr Nicolas Oddone’s job is to save lives but he showed little regard for the life of a dog he severely beat.
The oncologist, aged in his early 40s, was convicted of one count of animal cruelty in the Downing Centre Local Court last month after he bashed his then-girlfriend’s 2.9kg papillon pooch, named Prinni.
“It was shocking … no animal deserves that,” she said. “Every animal deserves a basic level of treatment.” Prinni suffered 14 fractures to 12 ribs, massive internal bleeding, liver damage and a partially-collapsed lung.
In text messages tendered to the court, the girlfriend recommend that the lecturer — who she had been dating for five weeks — get help for what she said was his explosive his anger.
“Get some help with anger management before your anger claims any more innocent or defenceless victims,” she wrote.
“There is no room for love when your rage prevails.
“The cost to her (Prinni’s) quality of life and the psychological impact on my family is immeasurable.”
Dr Oddone declined to comment when contacted but he was apologetic in text messages sent to his former girlfriend.
“I am sorry for the way things ended and for not having the guts to tell you the truth,’’ he wrote.
“You will never hear from me again. I am truly sorry.
“It was an honour to have met you, you taught me a lot of things in life.”
He will appear today for sentence at the Downing Centre Local Court.
The animal cruelty charge carried a potential maximum penalty of two years jail and a $22,000 fine.