A Newcastle man who swung a dog in the air and hung it over a fence by its collar and lead has banned from owning or keeping any kind of animal for life.
Newcastle Magistrates’ Court was shown CCTV described as “sickening” by Deputy District Judge Katy Rafter of Jak Hurley hitting his dad’s six-month old Labradoodle puppy Bobby, dangling him in mid air by his lead and hanging him from a fence.
She described previous claims made by Hurley of Westgate Road, Newcastle, that his actions had been the result of a defective lead as “total rubbish”. And she added she was also “sceptical about how bad you feel about what you did because of what you said to probation in your interview; excuse after excuse, no apology.
“I have had to look at the sentencing guidelines in this case and I agree there is a deliberate and gratuitous attempt to cause suffering to that dog, what we call in the courts high culpability. It is fortunate for you, as well as the dog, that there wasn’t any serious harm caused to him, although as a matter of common sense he would have been in some considerable stress and discomfort.”
Hurley had admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to ensure an animal’s welfare on October 26 last year in West Denton, at a hearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court in March. He was back in court for sentencing in the case brought by the