Northamptonshire man who threw brick at dog given 10-year ban from owning animals

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A drunk man who threw a brick at a dog and beat it with a stick has been banned from looking after animals for 10 years after a sentencing hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

Grant Whitney, 49, of Victoria Street, Kettering, denied the attack, which left the six-year-old springer spaniel, named Skye, needing stitches in both her head and front left paw.

However, Whitney was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after he failed to attend a court hearing on June 2.

An RSPCA officer was called to the address in March this year by a neighbour who said she saw Whitney pick up a piece of wood and hit the dog, then pick up a stone or brick and throw it at her.

During a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday Kevin McCole, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “The officer arrived to find the dog limping and bleeding from the paw.

“The defendant was found to be worse for wear through drink.

“The neighbour said she heard the dog barking and went to the window, where she saw Whitney pick up a piece of wood and hit it.

“She said she saw the dog cowering, then he picked up a stone or brick and threw it at the dog.

“Skye was taken to a vet who confirmed lacerations near her eye and on her paw, as well as lameness and extensive bruising in the paw.

“These injuries were consistent with repeated trauma.

“Skye has since recovered well and the lameness to the paw has dissolved.”

The court heard that Whitney denied causing the injuries or having any knowledge of them throughout a police interview.

Mr McCole said: “The offence merits life disqualification from owning animals as it was an unprovoked and merciless attack on a defenceless dog that he was supposed to be caring for.”

Defending himself, Whitney said: “The dog is currently in our care.

“The RSPCA officer comes to check regularly and can see that it is in good health.

“I don’t know what more I can say.”

But Whitney was disqualified from owning, keeping or coming into contact with any animal for 10 years, including Skye, which belongs to his partner.

He was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.