Warning; video contains footage some might find distressing
This is the moment a thug battered a defenceless dog as horrified onlookers sounded car horns in an effort to make him stop.
Captured on dash-cam footage in March this year, the video shows Gregory Phillips, aged 40, grabbing and hitting the cocker spaniel before throwing it into the boot of a car before landing more punches on the poor pet reports The Mirror.
The attack took place in Neath, South Wales, and was successfully prosecuted after the RSPCA obtained the video footage.
Phillips can be seen trying to load shopping into the car when the pet jumps out onto the road. He grabs it and appears to slap the animal several times before throwing into the boot of his car.
Then he continues the attack, throwing several more punches at the dog.
Passers-by sounded their car horns while others shouted in an effort to get Phillips to stop the attack. Phillips pleaded guilty to the Animal Welfare Act offence and was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates’ Court. He was given a 12-month community order and told to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “In broad daylight and with people all around, this poor dog was beaten by his owner – who clearly had no regard for his legal responsibilities towards his animal.
“Fortunately, the dash-cam footage helped us to identify this individual and ensure we could take action.
“Clearly, this is no way to treat an animal – and thankfully, the vast majority of people across South Wales and beyond will be shocked by this footage, and the beating this poor cocker spaniel was subjected to.”