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Man who threw dog into sea can keep his pet

A man who had his dog seized after hurling it into the sea in Devon will be reunited with the pet after a court heard he was "an animal lover".

Paul Sanders was said to have shouted: "This is how you get your dog to swim" as he lobbed his terrified 10-year-old collie Shep from the pier at Babbacombe Bay, Torquay.

Shocked onlookers - including horrified children - screamed as unemployed Sanders, who was only wearing swimming trucks at the time, grabbed his dog and pushed it off a stone wall, plunging 15ft into the sea.

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