A dog owner has been allowed to keep his pet by a court, despite admitting punching him in a Lynn park.
Ricky Wilson, 23 of Walter House Crescent, Middleton, appeared before Lynn magistrates on Friday to be sentenced on charges of causing unnecessary suffering and threatening behaviour.
He had pleaded guilty to the charges, which related to an incident in the Walks in May in which he shook and punched his pet husky after it ran towards another dog, at a previous hearing earlier this month.
Wilson was given a 12 month community order, but was allowed to keep the animal after magistrates accepted his plea from the earlier hearing that it was a one-off incident.
He had also credited the dog with helping him to turn his life around following his release from prison.
The bench also declined to disqualify him from keeping animals.
However, magistrates did order Wilson to pay £30 compensation to a woman he swore at during the incident when she tried to intervene.
He was also told to pay a £150 criminal courts charge, £100 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.