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Man jailed for repeatedly punching dog

The dog was not injured during the incident Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been jailed for just over five months for repeatedly punching a dog in Newbury.

Robert Black, who's 51, and of Parsons Close in Newbury was found guilty of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Reading Magistrates’ Court.

He's been sentenced to a total of 23 weeks in prison and has to pay costs of £115.

Black has also been banned from owning animals for 10 years.

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Black was seen on CCTV punching his dog five times in Victoria Park in Newbury in December last year.

He then put the dog on a lead and walked off through the park.

Police arrested him and seized both his dogs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The dog which was punched was not injured, but both dogs have since been re-homed.

The dog was not injured during the incident Credit: Thames Valley Police

“Black demonstrated significant cruelty to his dog by punching it several times in the face, with no concern for its welfare.

“This behaviour is clearly totally unacceptable for a pet owner and I am pleased that not only has he received a prison sentence for his actions, but that he has been banned from owning animals for the next 10 years.

“We take reports such as these seriously and will look to investigate and take action against anyone who carries out this type of offence.”

– Investigating officer, PC David Burleigh