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Lincolnshire man who filmed himself kicking a rabbit avoids jail

A Lincolnshire man who drunkenly filmed himself kicking a rabbit has been given a suspended jail sentenced, following an RSPCA investigation.

Credit: Press Association

Zamual Mallinson has also been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after he was found guilty of keeping a Staffordshire bull terrier, a lurcher cross and a patterdale terrier for animal fighting.

The 24-year-old, from St Mary’s Lane, Market Rasen, was investigated by the RSPCA’s special operations unit after he bragged on Facebook about how he used his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.

A search at an address on Edinburgh Road, Brookenby, Lincolnshire, in April last year found his dogs kept in unsuitable conditions and with injuries consistent with animal fights.

On his phone, which was obtained during the search, footage was discovered of Mallinson walking up behind a wild rabbit and kicking the animal like a football.

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Mallinson was found guilty of three offences after a three day trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 12 week custodial sentences, suspended for 12 months, for each offence, to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £7,000.

Our investigation was initially focussed on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.

– Chief inspector Ian Briggs, RSPCA