Policeman shouted ‘you b*****d’ as he punched puppy leaving dog yelping in pain
A police officer who had been involved with the Manchester Arena bombing punched a five-month-old puppy in a horrendous attack caught on camera, a court heard.
Sergeant Martin Dunn, 48, based at Manchester Airport, was filmed punching his dog multiple times and shouting "you little b*****d".
The video was played at Leeds Magistrates' Court and the dog could reportedly be heard yelping in pain, Manchester Evening News reports.
Prosecutor Charles MacRae said Dunn had been drinking when the offence took place at around 10.30pm on March 14.
In the video, Dunn can be heard shouting and swearing at the animal before the dog was subjected to a vicious attack.
Vet Dr Sean Taylor examined the dog and then by David Ryan, a specialist in the field of canine behaviour.
Mr Ryan said the dog, named Frank, seemed terrified when he was shouted at.
He said: "When I shouted at Frank he reacted with extreme fear" indicating that he had learnt to fear such behaviour.
"Punching a dog repeatedly is not appropriate training."
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Dunn pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 12 months community order with 120 hours of unpaid work reduced from 180 because of his guilty plea.
He was also disqualified for five years from keeping any animals apart from a lizard-type, Leopard Gheko.
In addition, Dunn was told to pay court costs of £85 and a surcharge of £95 within 28 days.
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A spokeswoman for the Probation Service said: "He is deeply ashamed. On the day of the event when he saw the puppy had made a mess he saw red."
The spokesperson added that Dunn had been involved in the police response to the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 and has been suffering from PTSD "without realising it."
He has since been referred for treatment by Occupational Health.
It is unclear precisely what will happen to Frank as the court heard its ownership is disputed.
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