Liverpool man caught on CCTV beating and kicking dog in 'callous' attack sentenced

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A man who was caught on CCTV beating a dog with the handle of a children's toy in a garden in Liverpool has been sentenced.

A two-minute video shows Calum Turner wrestling and kicking something which is moving about at ground level, but out of range of the camera.

The footage then shows Turner removing the handle from a push toy and using it to strike down multiple times, before stamping down and kicking in the same direction.

Turner then stands up, and as he does so, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - called Mochi - emerges and runs across the garden.

It happened in Norris Green in May, with the RSPCA and police visiting the address in July after the footage was shown to them.

When Mochi and another dog were checked over by a vet, they were both found to have no injuries, but the vet said what Turner did would have 'caused Mochi to suffer, yelp and cry out'.

Turner, 25, from Antonio Street, Bootle, was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out community service after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

The court didn't ban him from keeping animals as it was stated this was unlikely to be repeated, as Turner was 'under a lot of stress at the time and was of previous good character'.