A man punched his dog after it approached another dog in a Lynn park, magistrates heard today.
Ricky Wilson, 21, of Walter House Crescent, Middleton, pleaded guilty to charges of causing unnecessary suffering and threatening behaviour, when he appeared in court in the town this morning.
The court heard that a woman had been walking her dog in the Walks in Lynn on May 12 this year when they were approached by Wilson’s husky.
Hannah Strawson, prosecuting, said Wilson then grabbed his dog by its collar and shook him. He then punched the animal in the side.
The court heard that, when she tried to intervene to stop him from attacking the husky, Wilson verbally abused her.
Mitigating, Wilson said he was sorry for what happened and insisted the incident was a one-off.
He also told the bench he had trained the dog and credited his pet for helping him to stay out of trouble.
He said: “I have been in and out of prison and done wrong things, but ever since having him (the dog) and working, I’ve just wanted to get my life back on track.”
The court was also told that the RSPCA had not been involved in the case, which was adjourned for sentencing next Friday, December 11.
But presiding magistrate Elaine Bird said they were minded to impose a lower sentence because of what they had heard about Wilson’s efforts to train the dog.
She added: “We do think this was a one-off.”
Wilson was bailed until his next court appearance.