Jordan Smith kicked and punched the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Whipping it NINE times with a belt
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A cowardly thug repeatedly handed out brutal beatings to his defenceless dog, on one occasion whipping it NINE times with a belt, a court heard.
Jordan Smith, 20, kicked, punched and even whipped the Staffordshire bull terrier during his three month campaign of abuse the court heard.
His neighbours in Rochdale witnessed the attacks, some caught some of the horrific violence on camera.
Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Mark Harper told Bury magistrates that Smith was first spotted beating the dog by those then living next door to him in July last year.
The court was told they also witnessed an attack in September where the woman and her son heard the 18 month old, male, Brindle-coloured dog yelping in the back yard.
The son ran upstairs and saw Smith attacking it in the yard from a bedroom window, reports Manchester Evening News.
He said Smith was first striking it with the back of his hand before clenching his fist and punching it several times in the stomach and aiming at least five kicks at it.
The dog was pinned against a fence panel and the blows were so powerful the fence panel began to bend, Mr Harper told the court.
Six days later they witnessed another attack in which Smith began by kicking the animal at least four times.
He then went inside the house and brought out a belt which he used to whip the dog nine times before kicking it again, Bury Magistrates court was told.
This attack was captured by the neighbours on their mobile phone however only Smith was visible in the footage and not the animal so inspectors needed more conclusive evidence.
But on September 29 there was another incident, this time fully captured on camera, where Smith punched and kicked the dog several times before throwing one of his boots at it, hitting the dog hard on the neck.
He then put a mountain bike in front of it trapping it in the yard before eventually letting it back inside around half an hour later.
On none of the occasions did the dog attempt to move but could be heard yelping, crying and making a wretching sound the court was told.
Dog wardens attended Smith’s house on October 19 and he gave up the animal which was taken away to be re-homed and he was issued a court summons.
Mr Harper added: “This is significant force, on several occasions which puts it at the top end of the type of cases we deal with.”
Smith, of Middleton Road, has now been told he could go to prison after admitting a charge of causing the animal unnecessary suffering.
Steve Connor, defending, said: “I concede the video footage shows there are a number of aggravating features including hitting the dog with an object.
“However there is significant mitigation in this case which will be outlined in due course.”