A dog owner has been ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work after he was caught on camera beating his cocker spaniel.
Gregory Phillips, 40, was filmed violently handling and striking the dog on Pentre Street, Glynneath, Neath, South Wales, in March this year, the RSPCA said.
Passersby can be heard hooting the car horn and shouting at Phillips to stop as he attacked the dog outside a local convenience store.
In the footage, the cocker spaniel is seen exiting the man’s car as he goes to load a crate of beer onto the back seat.
Phillips responds by picking up the dog, punching the animal several times, then throwing it into the boot of the car alongside other dogs – where he proceeds to continue to strike the spaniel.
He pleaded guilty to the Animal Welfare Act offence and was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates’ Court.
He was given a 12-month community order and told to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “In broad daylight and with people all around, this poor dog was beaten by his owner – who clearly had no regard for his legal responsibilities towards his animal.
“Fortunately, the dash-cam footage helped us to identify this individual and ensure we could take action.
“Clearly, this is no way to treat an animal – and thankfully, the vast majority of people across South Wales and beyond will be shocked by this footage, and the beating this poor cocker spaniel was subjected to.”