A man has been jailed for 20 weeks after the “sickening” beating of his girlfriend’s dog was captured on camera in a tower block lift.
Besmur Idrizi, 27, of Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier called Sugar when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.
CCTV footage of Idrize repeatedly kicking the cowering animal was taken in the lift at a block of flats in nearby Grays. The CCTV operator who reviewed the footage called the RSPCA, which investigated and tracked down the culprit.
RSPCA inspector Adam Jones said: “The CCTV operator was horrified by what she saw and contacted us immediately. The footage is sickening and the beating inflicted on this poor dog is unbelievable.
“The video shows Idrizi get into the lift with two dogs. He then starts kicking and stamping on Sugar as the other dog cowers in the corner. He clearly intended to hurt her. Her eye was bloodshot and she was covered in bruises after the attack. The dogs’ owner ended the relationship after she found out what Idrizi had done.”
Argument ‘no excuse’
Insp Jones added: “Idrizi told the court, via an interpreter, he had had an argument with his girlfriend and was angry. Clearly, this is no excuse for treating these dogs like this. There is no reason to ever treat a dog – or any other animal – with such aggression or violence. It is unjustifiable.”
Idrizi was was also ordered to pay £300 towards costs and an £80 victim surcharge, and was disqualified from keeping all animals indefinitely.