#TheList Robert J Loombe, aged 46 at date of offence, of 66A New College Close, Great Yarmouth NR31 7DF – captured on camera dragging a 5wo puppy along the pavement when she was too tired to walk
Backyard breeder Loombe was caught on camera pulling the tiny dog named Fatsy on her lead as her stomach rubbed along the ground.
Eye-witness Jade Barker was so upset that she filmed Loombe as he walked past with his two other dogs in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth. She claimed that he reacted angrily and swore at passers-by who urged him to stop dragging along his pet.
Miss Barker later handed the distressing footage to police who tracked down heavily tattooed Loombe at his nearby home and charged him with cruelty.
Speaking to the Metro, Miss Barker said: ‘I saw him dragging this poor little puppy behind him. I said that he needed to pick the puppy up and he told me to fuck off.
‘So I just carried on walking and then saw him still dragging it across the road so its face collided with the high kerb.
‘I just thought it was disgusting so I stood at the side of the Co-op and filmed him for 11 seconds. I was so upset that I was crying my eyes out.
‘He must have been dragging it on the lead for more than 60 yards. It was the cruellest thing I had ever seen.
‘The puppy was shaking and grunting and obviously very distressed. You could see that it didn’t like it and was getting hurt.
‘Five other people came up to him, saying he needed to pick the dog up and he responded with a load of abuse.
‘He must have known he was doing something wrong, but he was shouting at people.
‘He even said that he that he had been pulling it along since he left his house. He said, “You have got to teach it. You have to be cruel to be kind”.
‘The puppy was so young that it should not even have been out of the house, let alone dragged along the ground.’
Miss Barker said she was outraged that Loombe had not been banned by magistrates from keeping any dogs. She said: ‘He had two other dogs with him and it turned out that the puppy came from a litter of seven which he had at his house.
‘His sentencing is a joke. He should have been banned from having any animal. How can any dog be safe with him?
‘I am disgusted with his penalty. The justice system has let him off really lightly. I was told that the police took all his other dogs away – but now it looks like he might get them back.’
Loombe responded to the case on Facebook in this post:
£300 fine; deprivation order in relation to the puppy.