A man has been sentenced to prison for causing unnecessary harm to his dog.
Robert Black, aged 51, of Parsons Close, Newbury was found guilty of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (12/11).
Black was sentenced to a total of 23 weeks’ imprisonment and made to pay a £115 ‘victim surcharge’.
Black has also been banned from owning animals for ten years.
On 21 December 2018, Black was seen on CCTV punching his dog five times in Victoria Park, Newbury.
He then put the dog on a lead and walked off through the park.
The incident was reported to police, who carried out an area search before locating Black and arresting him, as well as seizing both his dogs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The dog which was punched by Black was not injured during the incident.
Both dogs have since been rehomed.
Investigating officer, PC David Burleigh, based at Abingdon police station, said:
“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 ten 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.”
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