#TheList Martin Frederick Jones, born c. 1986, of Park Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 0DH – captured on CCTV battering a terrified dog
Father-of-seven Martin Frederick Jones pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on March 7, 2018
He was spotted by two horrified witnesses hitting his golden labrador puppy Millie near Ellesmere Port bus station.
The shocking incident was captured on CCTV and shows Jones assaulting the defenceless dog.
In the footage Millie runs out into the road and is caught by Jones, who grabs her and punches her multiple times in the side, before pulling her back to the pavement.
Wirral magistrates court was told how the two female witnesses had got off a bus and saw Jones yank the dog, before she ran into the road.
When Jones got the dog back he hit her on her side and the witnesses reported Millie cowered and seemed very scared.
The women were so worried about the dog they decided to follow Jones home and saw him further yank Millie with “uncalled for force.”
Chris Murphy prosecuting said: “The women saw the dog shaking and reported that it appeared timid.
“The incident was reported to the RSPCA and the CCTV of the incident was given to vet Holly Jones who also examined the dog.
“The vet expressed concern for the welfare of the dog and Millie was taken from the family home.
“When she examined her Millie seemed very reserved and anxious, although there were no visible bruises she pointed to mental trauma the dog had gone through.
“When the defendant was interviewed by the RSPCA he accepted responsibility and said he had done it to “make her understand.”
The court heard Jones suffers from mental health problems including Aspergers and ADHD and had no previous convictions.
Scott McCrimmon, defending, said Jones was a family man, had seven children and had always owned dogs.
He said: “Millie is a family pet and the children have been missing her.
“He admits he overreacted and caused trauma to Millie, when he was in a blind panic.
“He accepts he used force to control the dog and handled it very poorly.”
Sentencing Jones District Judge Nick Sanders said: “You went over the top, Millie was a young dog that didn’t understand what was going on.
“What you did was in no way helping her understand, you lost your temper.
“You need to take a long hard look at the way you treat animals.”
RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This was a vicious attack on a completely defenceless dog which is just simply unacceptable.
“The CCTV captures Millie breaking away from her owner and running into a road, the cars are seen to be slowing down and as Jones catches up with his dog he unleashes a number of heavy blows which he said where ‘to confuse her and make her understand’.
“However this would only have had the effect of inflicting pain and resulting in the dog becoming scared of Jones.
“Beating a dog is never acceptable and is certainly not a nice thing to witness. Jones beat poor Millie in front of numerous members of the public in broad daylight seemingly unfazed.
“Thankfully two brave witnesses came forward to assist in the investigation and after CCTV enquiries recovered two clips of the incident, we were able to locate Jones and remove Mille from his abusive care.
“After waiting many months for this case to come to trial today, Millie can now look forward to finding a loving forever home.”
Total of £270 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for a mere three years (expires November 2021).