A man is facing jail after being caught repeatedly handing out brutal beatings to his defenceless dog – and on one occasion whipping it nine times with a belt.
Jordan Smith, 20, kicked, punched and even whipped the Staffordshire bull terrier with a belt during his three-month campaign of abuse. The shocking attacks were witnessed by his neighbours in Heywood, near Rochdale, who caught some of the violence on camera.
Mark Harper, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told Bury magistrates court that Smith was first spotted beating the dog by those then living next door to him in July last year.
The court was told they also witnessed an attack in September where the woman and her son heard the 18-month-old male dog yelping in the back yard. The son ran upstairs and saw Smith attacking it in the yard from a bedroom window.
He said Smith was first striking it with the back of his hand before clenching his fist and punching it several times in the stomach, and aiming at least five kicks at it.
The dog was pinned against a fence panel and the blows were so powerful the fence panel began to bend, Mr Harper told the court.
Six days later, they witnessed another attack in which Smith began by kicking the animal at least four times.
He then went inside the house and brought out a belt which he used to whip the dog nine times.
This attack was captured by the neighbours on their mobile phone, however only Smith was visible in the footage and not the animal so inspectors needed more conclusive evidence.
But on September 29, there was another incident, this time fully captured on camera, where Smith punched and kicked the dog several times before throwing one of his boots at it.
Dog wardens attended Smith’s house on October 19 and he gave up the animal, which was taken away to be re-homed. He was issued a court summons.
Mr Harper added:
“This is significant force, on several occasions, which puts it at the top end of the type of cases we deal with.”
Smith, of Middleton Road, Crumpsall, has now been told he could go to prison after admitting a charge of causing the animal unnecessary suffering.The case was adjourned by magistrates.
Steve Connor, defending, said:
“I concede the footage shows there are a number of aggravating features, including hitting the dog with an object. However, there is significant mitigation which will be outlined in due course.”