The dog owner repeatedly hits his pet in the face in disgusting footage – since he is prohibited from keeping animals for two years
- WARNING: DESTROYING CONTENT: A dog lover slapped his dog in the face
- A woman filmed Joseph Pocklington, who repeatedly hit his dog in Darlington
- Pocklington appeared on August 5 at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates & # 39; Court
- After the December 22 incident, he received a 12-month community order
This is the disgusting moment when a pet owner who "loses control" has been repeatedly filmed slapping his dog in the face and pulling the animal on his leash.
Joseph Pocklington was seen by a woman in Darlington, County Durham, when he hit his dog, who confronted him and took the animal.
The witness, who was waiting to pick up her daughter, filmed the horrific abuse on her cell phone before calling the police.
Pocklington, Darlington's Marshall Street, was banned from keeping animals for two years after admitting cruelty to the Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on August 5.
In the footage, Pocklington sits down with his dog, who appears to be a black lurcher or greyhound, as he pulls his pet on a leash.
Joseph Pocklington has been prohibited from keeping animals for two years after being repeatedly filmed slapping his dog in the face in Darlington, County Durham
The 29-year-old then repeatedly hits his dog in the face while the animal has its tail between its legs and tries to detach itself from its owner.
The & # 39; dog lover & # 39; then grabs the dog and moves his pet to sit back on the steps next to him.
Police later found Pocklington asleep in a nearby churchyard after the witness and her daughter reported the incident.
Prosecutor Alan Davies said, "He was arrested and told the police," Yes, I slapped my dog on the face. "
"Then he was shown footage of the incident and he was upset. He couldn't remember attacking the dog and he only remembered getting angry because the dog tried to run into traffic."
Stephen Andrews tempered that his client's behavior was atypical and very upset after viewing footage of the incident that occurred on December 22nd.
Police later found Pocklington asleep in a nearby churchyard after the witness and her daughter reported the incident that occurred on December 22
Pocklington (top) appeared before the Newton Aycliffe Magistrates & # 39; Court on August 5th and pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
He said, “You have a gentleman here who would call himself a dog lover. He kept dogs without problems for many years, he took care of them and protected them. & # 39;
Mr. Andrews said that Pocklington "had been abusing alcohol for a period of time and had become" essentially "alcohol dependent.
He added, "He has no memory of the incident, but he tells me that he can remember that his feet got tangled with the dog leash and got angry."
When Pocklington appeared at the Newton Aycliffe Magistrates & # 39; Court, he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
He also received a 12-month community order and was prohibited from keeping animals for two years.
Pocklington must also pay £ 95 victim surcharge and £ 85 court costs.
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