March 2022

Cruel pet owner repeatedly kicked dogs and pushed their heads into the concrete ground in Blyth

A cruel pet owner has avoided a ban from keeping animals despite repeatedly kicking her dogs and pushing their heads into the ground.

Lyndsay Netherton was spotted by a passer-by attacking the two Stafforshire Bull Terriers, named Sasha and Alfie, in the middle of Blyth Market Place, in Northumberland.

The witness was so concerned, she called the police and officers soon attended the scene

An officer’s body-worn camera footage then appears to show aggressive Netherton in such a state that she could barely talk or stand as she ranted and swore.

The 40-year-old, of Merton Square, in Blyth, was arrested and went on to plead guilty to being drunk and disorderly but deny two counts off animal cruelty.

However, the was convicted after trial and was in the dock at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to discover her fate.

Prosecutor, Niamh Reading, said the witness was in Blyth Market Place at around 4.15pm on July 2 last year when she spotted Netherton and the two dogs.

Miss Reading added: “The defendant seemed irate and had a bottle of vodka, which she was drinking from.

“The witness saw the defendant bend down and use her open hand and place it on one of the dogs.

“The witness watched as she then pushed down until the dog’s head was squashed on the concrete floor before she lost her grip.

“She did this a number of times in an aggressive manner and she was gritting her teeth while doing it.

“The dog appeared to be scared and the defendant was seen kicking both that dog and the other dog.”

The court heard that one of the animals broke free and ran towards the witness, apparently “seeking protection”.

Miss Reading continued: “She could see scars all over its face and the dog stayed by her side, even though the defendant was calling it back.”

Magistrates were told that Netherton tried to stand but “face planted” the ground and had to support herself holding on to a tree.

When officers arrived, they noticed that she was foaming at the mouth, her speech was slurred, her pupils were dilated and she’d wet herself.

Netherton was given a 12-month community order, with 100 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £620 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Chairing magistrates, Iain McCourt, said: “We believe this was a one-off, isolated incident and to disqualify you from owning animals would be disproportionate.”