#TheList Christopher Dennett, aged 30, of 6 Anderton Crescent, Chorley PR7 8BB – filmed chasing Dogue de Bordeaux puppy Narla around garden with a plank of wood, causing her to be traumatised and terrified of men
A horrified neighbour caught the attack on video and rang police and sent it to the RSPCA, sparking an investigation.
Unremorseful Dennett, an HGV driver who transports livestock, laughed off the investigation telling RSPCA workers he was trying to train the dog for close-quarters protection for his girlfriend.
The court watched the 47-second video in which the frightened dog is heard barking and seen running away as Dennett swings at her with the wood.
RSPCA Inspector Helen Smith said the one-year-old puppy has been left terrified of men as a result of its treatment. She said: “Mr Dennett showed no remorse when interviewed and didn’t seem to understand what he had done wrong.
“As you can see from the video, Narla is terrified, and has been caused unnecessary suffering, fear and distress.
“She is now terrified of men and although we could find no significant physical harm, emotionally she is not in a good way”.
The court heard Dennett was trying to emulate a training video he had seen on Youtube. But Insp Smith said: “He said he was training the dog to protect his partner for when he was away but this is no way to train a dog.
“You can hear the dog growling and then yelping, although it is not clear if Narla was struck in the video.
“Mr Dennett has now signed Narla into the care of the RSPCA and we will look after her and then try to re-home her.”
Dennett admitted one offence under the Animal Welfare Act of causing unnecessary suffering by using threatening or abusive behaviour towards the dog.
Sentence: total of £726 costs and charges; disqualified from keeping dogs for 12 months (expires March 2019).