- Christopher Smith can be seen in a clip slapping the young bully on the back
A man has been banned for owning dogs for five years after he was caught brutally beating his puppy Lazarus in a sickening five-minute attack.
Christopher Smith, 32, of Rutland Place, Consett, claimed he was drunk when he launched an attack on his pet, who can be seen cowering away from his owner.
Smith was prosecuted by the RSPCA after footage was sent in by a distressed member of the public in March this year.
It shows the small pocket bully, on a lead at a park in Consett while a man, later identified as Smith, can be seen hitting the puppy on the back with an object.
A loud slapping noise can be heard as the poor dog attempts to pull away from Smith.
Christopher Smith, 32, has been banned for owning dogs for five years after he was caught brutally beating his puppy named Lazarus in a sickening five-minute attack
The footage shows the man brutally hitting Lazarus, a small bully, on his back with an object
Following an investigation, Smith was visited at his home on April 4 by RSPCA inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws.
In her evidence to South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, she said: ‘A white male, around 5ft 9 inches of slim build with dark brown mid length hair and a moustache, answered the door.
‘I now know this person to be Christoper Smith. There was also a brown/red merle male pocket bully type dog known as Lazarus.
‘I explained the reason for my visit. Christopher Smith advised me that the incident happened the previous Monday and he had been drunk and lost his temper. He confirmed it was him and Lazarus in the video.
‘The dog was friendly and boisterous around me but appeared to be hand shy of Christopher Smith. He confirmed he owned Lazarus and that he had not seen a vet since the incident or while in his care at all.’
Smith gave permission for the inspector to take Lazarus to be examined by a vet.
He was also advised to remove hazardous items from his kitchen and stairs, but declined to voluntarily sign the dog over into the care of the RSPCA.
The video was shown to a vet who examined Lazarus later that day. He said it was his opinion that the puppy had been caused to suffer as a result of the attack, and he was taken into police possession under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The puppy was put on pain relief for three days, but thankfully appeared to have no long-term injuries.
In his statement to the court, the vet said: ‘In my opinion Lazarus had been caused to suffer by the mechanism of injury due to physical attack during the period caught on camera (approximately five minutes).
‘The need for protection from pain, suffering and injury was not met by the intentional attack by the owner whilst under his care.
‘The suffering was avoidable had the owner treated his dog with care and kindness as required.
Lazarus is now under the care of the RSCPA and will be rehomed soon
‘The suffering was moderately intense, and if the area of contact was a more vulnerable area, for example his face, the damage could have been life threatening from this type of weapon and level of force.
‘The fear experienced at the time of the attack would impact his feeling of safety and a stress free existence in the future if he remained with the owner.’
In addition a five-year disqualification order on keeping dogs, which Smith cannot appeal for two years, magistrates also imposed a 12-month Community Order with 20 RAR days and an £80 fine.
Speaking after the conclusion of the case, inspector Keogh-Laws, said: ‘Smith inflicted appalling and totally unnecessary violence on this young dog.
‘Members of the public were equally concerned by what they witnessed and we’d like to thank them for providing us with the footage which has ensured Smith has been held to account for his actions.’
Lazarus is still in RSPCA care, he is doing well and will be rehomed by the charity.
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