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Essex Man Who Violently Beat Girlfriends Dog Jailed
An Essex man, who violently beat his girlfriend's dog, has been jailed and disqualified from keeping any animals.
27 year old Besmur Idrizi of Princess Margaret Road, in East Tilbury, pleaded guilty to one offence of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier, called Sugar, by beating her.
He was sentenced on last Friday at Basildon Magistrates Court to a 20-week jail term, and was ordered to pay £300 towards costs and an £80 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified from keeping all animals indefinitely.
Magistrates were shown "sickening" CCTV footage of Idrizi beating one of his girlfriend's two dogs in a lift at a block of flats in Grays.
The CCTV operator who reviewed the footage and saw the shocking incident, on 10 March last year, called the RSPCA and inspector Adam Jones launched an investigation.
"The CCTV operator was horrified by what she saw and contacted us immediately, Inspector Jones said. 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 blood-shot and she was covered in bruises after the attack. The dogs' owner ended the relationship after
she found out what Idrizi had done.
Inspector Jones added: "Idrizi told the court, via an interpreter, that he had had an argument with his girlfriend and was angry. Clearly, this is no excuse for treating these dogs like this. There is absolutely no reason to ever treat a dog - or any other animal - with such aggression or violence. It is completely unjustifiable."
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