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Dog cruelty case

Campaigners outside Colchester Magistrates' Court Photo: ITV Anglia

Animal rights campaigners staged a protest outside a court in Essex as a man accused of killing his dog appeared before magistrates.

Magistrates have been told that Andrew Summerfield shot his bull terrier Barney 10 times with an air rifle then hit him in the face with a meat cleaver. He says he attacked Barney in self defence.

Campaigners who gathered outside court are calling for a change in the law to allow magistrates to make animal cruelty a more serious crime with longer sentences.