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Puppy dragged along street in Norfolk - but his abuser can still own dogs

A pregnant mother who filmed a man as he dragged a puppy along a Norfolk street says she is "utterly heartbroken" that he has not been stopped from owning other dogs.

Robert Loombe, of New College Road in Gorleston, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal when he appeared before magistrates.

The 46-year-old had been filmed dragging a male puppy along Magdalen Way in the town earlier this week.

Loombe was fined £300 and forbidden from owning the tiny injured dog - but was not banned from owning any other animals.

Jade Barker, from Gorleston, said she decided to capture the cruel act on her phone after asking him to pick up the puppy. Instead of tending to the dog, he responded "in a rather aggressive manner", she said.

Ms Barker said police responded immediately and Loombe appeared in court just days later.

But she has been disappointed by the punishment he received.

"His sentencing is a joke. He should have got at least a ban.

"I feel any animal in his care wouldn't be safe.

"How can the justice system just give him a fine? I'm utterly heartbroken by the incident and the outcome."

– Jade Barker

She now fears Loombe will get more dogs to replace the confiscated puppy.

Following the sentencing, Loombe posted on Facebook that he had made a "massive mistake" and said he "must be... the most hated person in Norfolk and my behaviour is nothing less than horrifyingly awful".