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Jail and pet ban for man caught abusing dog on train CCTV

Kieran Milledge admitted animal cruelty Credit: PA

A pet owner who abused his dog by swinging it against a train and pushing his foot in its face has been jailed for animal cruelty.

Kieran Milledge, 22, was spotted on CCTV abusing the animal as he travelled by rail between Braintree and Witham in Essex on October 10.

Footage caught the Staffordshire bull terrier, Ronnie, being hung from his lead, swung against a wall before being placed on a seat and having his owner's foot shoved against his face.

Ronnie had his face shoved up against a seat Credit: PA

Train staff initially investigated after finding dog excrement on a seat.

Milledge admitted animal cruelty at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Friday and jailed for 21 weeks.

He was also banned from keeping animals for life.

Ronnie suffered prolonged abuse on the train ride Credit: PA

Milledge was also jailed for six months for possession of a bladed article and eight weeks for breaching a suspended sentence order, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Police Sergeant Steven Maguire, from British Transport Police, said: "I welcome today's sentence as it has taken a violent dog abuser off the streets.

"Milledge's cruel beating of his dog was simply inexcusable and I am pleased that he now has an indefinite ban from keeping animals".