March 2022

Cruel Elswick pet owner hung dog over fence and swung it in the air by its collar

A cruel pet owner swung a dog in the air and hung it over a fence by its collar and lead in a shocking act of abuse.

Jak Hurley admitted inflicting physical harm on the Bobby, a small Toy Labradoodle, on a street in West Denton, Newcastle.

A court heard that the 27-year-old “suspended and swung” the animal in the air and hung him over a fence, both by his lead and collar, which were around his neck. However, the cruel act was witnessed and the RSPCA began an investigation.

It resulted in Hurley, of Westgate Road, in Elswick, Newcastle, being charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to ensure an animal’s welfare.

He pleaded guilty to both charges when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

The charge read: “You caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a male Toy Labradoodle named Bobby, by an act, namely the infliction of physical abuse, including suspending and swinging the dog in mid-air by its neck collar or lead, and hanging it over a fence by its neck collar or lead, and you knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have that effect or be likely to do so.”

Alex Bousfield, prosecuting for the RSPCA, didn’t outline the case but said the incident happened at The Grove, in West Denton, on October 26 last year. Thankfully, the dog survived.

Magistrates adjourned Hurley’s case until April 22 when he will appear back at the same court. In the meantime, he was released on unconditional bail.