1. ITV Report

Leeds man caught on camera is banned from keeping animals

A man from Leeds caught on camera abusing his dog has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

Paul Anthony Archer, who's 49 and from Glensdale Road, admitted failing to meet the needs of English bull terrier ‘Denver’ by failing to allow him to exhibit normal behaviour.

Footage of Mr Archer shouting and swearing at Denver, who is in the back of a parked car, poking him with force with a hammer and slamming the boot on him was sent to the RSPCA anonymously.

Watching the footage, it’s clear that Denver is frightened of the way his owner is behaving towards him. Mr Archer wants him to get out of the car, and is becoming increasingly angry and violent because he is refusing to do so, finally slamming the boot closed on him and shouting at him to 'die’. We all get angry sometimes, but Mr Archer’s behaviour towards Denver is totally unacceptable.

– RSPCA inspector Gemma Fowler

Archer was also sentenced to a 12 month community order with rehabilitation for his unresolved aggressive manner, and ordered to pay £750 costs. He also had to give up Denver who will now be able to rehomed by the RSPCA.

Denver is a smashing dog with a great personality and happily he will now be able to go to the kind of home he deserves. I’d like to say thank you to the person who filmed and sent this footage to us, without which we
wouldn’t have had a case. They have changed this dog’s life.

– RSPCA inspector Fowler