Thug caught beating golden labrador-cross with a mallet in backyard

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A bloke was caught on camera beating up his golden labrador-cross with a mallet in the backyard of his home by his neighbour.

Jamie Graham, 25, was recorded beating his pooch named Blue on October 8 last year.

Appearing before Newcastle Magistrates' Court, Graham claimed he was punishing the animal for biting someone.

However, magistrates were told this was not supported by any complaint and was contrary to the dog's good disposition.

The resident who witnessed the attack and videoed the incident reported the matter to the RSPCA and Inspector Teri-Ann Fannon was sent to investigate, Chronicle Live reports.

Insp. Fannon said: "In the video the dog is seen to be trying to avoid the male, hiding behind a large white fridge and cowering in the corner of the garden.

"The male is shown to seek out the dog and on two occasions strikes the dog on the face with what looks like a mallet or a hammer. On each impact, the dog can be heard yelping out in pain.

"In the video, you can hear the male counting up and down between one and three before striking the dog again.

"After the second strike the camera goes out of view and the dog can be heard to continue to yelp before the male is confronted by the member of the public."

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Insp. Fannon was told that a concerned family member had been aware of the incident and had removed Blue from the address.

She visited Blue at this new address and said the dog appeared friendly and in good health. However, given the video, she wanted to take the pet for a veterinary examination, which was agreed to.

The veterinary expert who examined Blue said: "It is apparent that force blows were videoed, but I have to assume that the witness had seen other blows prior to this as they would not have been videoing otherwise.

"In my opinion, this dog must have suffered pain from these blows, and it is very likely that she was still in pain when examined on the following day. It is for this reason that she was given pain relief.

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"As there can be no reason why this dog should have been hit, it is my opinion that this suffering was unnecessary."

She gave Blue pain relief by injection and was offered food and water and hospitalised overnight before she was then released into the care of the RSPCA with a further six days of pain relief.

Graham was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to ensure the needs of an animal were met under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

He was handed a jail sentence, a lifetime ban on keeping all animals and ordered to pay £250 costs and a £128 victim surcharge when he appeared before the court on December 1.

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