Kings Langley man has received a suspended prison sentence after admitting to physical violence towards his dog.
Tyreicke Williams, of Home Park Mill Link Road, appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Monday, July 25.
He had admitted to using physical violence and blunt force trauma to inflict unnecessary pain on Nova, a bull terrier-type dog.
He received an 18-week prison sentence with a 12-month suspension and was also required to do 100 hours of unpaid labour. In addition, he has been banned from owning pets for five years and was ordered to pay £128 in victim surcharge and £4,634 in expenses.
In October of last year, the RSPCA received a copy of a film showing the defendant hitting Nova with a wooden pole and the dog cowering on the ground, according to prosecutor Mark Jones.
RSPCA inspector Stephen Reeves informed police about the incident and officers removed Nova from the property.
Inspector Reeves said: “The video started out of shot of the incident, but you could hear something being hit twice. The video then pans to a male. The male hit the dog so hard with the wooden pole that the wooden pole broke on what appeared to be the third strike and he then threw the other part of the wooden pole at the dog.”
Speaking after the case, Inspector Reeves added: “I am so pleased that we were able to help Nova and we are grateful to everyone involved with this case.”
Nova was removed from the defendant’s possession by the court, and the RSPCA is searching for a new home for him. He is being cared for in an RSPCA facility and is doing well.