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Man grabbed his dog by the testicles because it defecated in his home

By Mason White 2:13 PM May 26, 2017
By: Emily Lewis

A man admitted to attacking his dog because it defecated in his home instead of outside in the street, according to police in the United Kingdom.

32-year-old Martin Johnson of Wenlock Walk, Grassmoor, in Chesterfield, was sentenced at the Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court, after he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his dog named Sooty.

The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was able to prosecute Johnson after being handed audio evidence of him beating the crossbreed dog Sooty.

In the audio recording, which was recorded by a member of the public, Johnson can be heard shouting: “If I tell you to do something, I expect you to do it,” and telling the dog to “shut it” when it is whimpering in distress.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe, who investigated, said: “The audio isn’t very nice at all. It lasts for around five minutes, and Sooty can clearly be heard squealing and whimpering loudly while being beaten. Johnson can be heard shouting and delivering blows to the dog.

“It would have been difficult for someone to have to listen to the beating. However, we are grateful that they had the initiative to record it as it gave us the evidence we needed to prosecute.”

The RSPCA removed Sooty from Johnson’s care, after being contacted about the incident. On examination by a vet, Sooty was found to have lumps on the top of its head, its spine, and its legs, as well as a fractured toe.

Inspector Leafe said: “What it came down to was the fact that Sooty was going to the toilet inside the house. Johnson said in an interview that he gave the dog ‘a bit of a pasting’ as a result, and that he went ‘over the top’.

“He also said in interview that he grabbed the dog by his testicles and said; ‘You don’t like that, do you?’ He later called our national cruelty helpline and admitted the incidents, that he had also pinned Sooty down by his ears to ‘incapacitate’ him, and that it was because he was always messing in the house.

“What Sooty went through would have been horrific and he would have been terrified to be around Johnson. But despite what he went through, Sooty is a lovely dog. Johnson told us that he was aggressive, but since he has been in our care, he hasn’t shown any nasty traits at all. Sooty is so friendly and we hope he will find a lovely new home soon.”

As well as an eight-year ban on keeping all animals, Johnson was also given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay 200 pounds for court costs and 115 pounds for a victim surcharge.

A judge also ordered Johnson to sign over his second dog, Pearl, to the RSPCA.