Man gets suspended jail term for stamping on his pet dog 15 times in video described by RSPCA as the worst their inspector had ever seen
- Matthew Hurst, 23, from Wigan, carried out the attack on his pet Congo
- Video shows him stamping on the dog before slamming it onto the floor
- He has been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years
This is the shocking moment a man from Wigan stamped on his dog repeatedly in the worst beating seen by one RSPCA inspector.
Matthew Hurst, 23, carried out the horrific attack on Congo after he either urinated or defecated on the floor, a court heard.
Hurst was captured on video stamping on his pet before grabbing its head and slamming it onto the floor.
The video was sent to the RSPCA in April by a member of the public.
Matthew Hurst, 23, carried out the horrific attack on Congo after he either urinated or defecated on the floor, a court heard
Hurst was captured on video stamping on his pet before grabbing its head and slamming it onto the floor. The video was sent to the RSPCA in April by a member of the public
Ryan King from the animal charity said: ‘The video showed a man sitting on a sofa, watching a black bull breed dog either urinating or defecating on the floor.
‘The man then stands up and proceeds to stamp on the dog with his foot around 15 times with great force, shouting: ‘What are you doing.’
‘He then reaches down to the dog, which is now lying on the floor, grabs it by the head and slams the dog onto the floor again with great force several times.’
Congo was taken to the RSPCA’s animal hospital but was found not have any serious physical injuries.
Vets analysed the video and said Congo would have suffered ‘fear, distress and pain’ during the beating.
Hurst was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
At Wigan Magistrates’ Court on November 17 he was disqualified from keeping animals for ten years.
The RSPCA said he was also handed a suspended 16-week jail term.
Hurst will have to undertake 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days, carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, and pay £2,558 in court costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
Congo will be rehomed after he was signed over to the RSPCA by Hurst.