Defenceless dog hit and kicked

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A defenceless dog was kicked and hit in the face with a vodka bottle during a 15 minute attack in Mytholmroyd.

Calderdale Magistrates heard how Kristian Johnson physically abused and inflicted blunt force trauma to his cross breed male dog Reggie in New Road, on October 8 last year.

Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, said witness heard a high pitch whelp and initially thought it was a dog that had been run over. he court heard how one witness looked out of the window and saw Johnson and Reggie who was described as cowering as his owner walked towards him.

“The defendant kicked the dog with force and admitted a high pitch scream and sounded like it was being murdered,” said Mr Davidson.

The court then heard how Johnson emptied a bottle of vodka before throwing it and hitting Reggie on the side of the face before he ran off over the bridge towards the Dusty Miller pub.

Witnesses said they then saw Johnson approach Reggie who was screaming before his owner had even got to him and then squeezed his neck on four occasions. t was at this point people remonstrated with Johnson before the defendant walked off.

When interviewed Johnson admitted that he had been drinking and had taken pain killers. He could remember the dog being taken away but apart from that he had no recollection of what happened that evening.

Johnson of Holme Terrace, Mythomroyd, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Malik Siddique, representing Johnson who has no previous convictions, said Johnson had alcohol problems and he was ‘deeply ashamed and disgusted with his action’ and does not use the excuse of drinking and taking sleeping pills as a defence for his actions.

Magistrates said Johnson’s actions were ‘disgraceful’ and caused distress to people who witnessed the incident. Johnson was given unconditional bail and will return to magistrates court on March 31 to be sentenced.