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Man banned from keeping animals after being filmed repeatedly hitting defenceless dog

Rosie was showing signs of ''submissive behaviour'' when the RSPCA found her. Credit: MEN Media

A man has been banned from keeping animals for five years after he was caught on camera repeatedly hitting his dog.

Kieran Huelin, 36, angrily struck his Staffordshire Bull terrier, Rosie, several times leaving her cowering on a chair.

Bolton Magistrates’ Court heard how the RSPCA were called to investigate after they were sent the video showing a man hitting and shouting at a Staffordshire bull terrier inside a house.

In the two-minute clip, which is too distressing to show, the man, later identified as Huelin, can be seen to hit and shout at the dog while she is sat down on a number of occasions.

The RSPCA were also provided with some details of where the incident is said to have taken place.

Inspector Danni Jennings visited the address and recognised Huelin, who lived at the flat in question, as the man in the video.

Rosie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was also there.

She was taken into the RSPCA's care whilst an investigation was carried out.

Ms Jennings said the dog was in good physical condition but was showing signs of "submissive behaviour."

Huelin, of Felton Walk in Bolton, Greater Manchester, was later charged with an offence under the Animal Welfare Act of not taking steps to ensure the needs of a protected animal.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared before in court on October 11.

And as part of his punishment Huelin cannot keep any pets for a period of five years.

Speaking after the case, Ms Jennings said:

Dog owners should always make sure their pets are handled properly and not stressed or endangered with any aggressive or anti-social behaviour.

“Training should always be reward-based and should not include physical punishment as this may cause pain, suffering and distress.

“Rosie is a lovely and bouncy dog in real life but on this footage she is quite the opposite.”

– Inspector Danni Jennings

As well as the ban Huelin was also given a 12-month community order - including an alcohol treatment order - and was ordered to pay £800 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.