A cruel dog owner dragged his young puppy along the pavement when it was too tired to walk.
Robert Loombe, 46, was caught on camera pulling the five-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier on its lead as its stomach rubbed along the ground.
Eye-witness Jade Barker, 23, was so upset that she filmed him as he walked past with his two other dogs in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
She claimed that he reacted angrily and swore at passers-by who urged him to stop dragging along his pet.
Miss Barker later handed the distressing footage to police who tracked down heavily tattooed Loombe at his nearby home and charged him with cruelty.
Loombe admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and was fined £300 and ordered to pay £80 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Norwich magistrates also made a deprivation order forbidding him from owning the puppy called Fatsy after police said it was ‘injured’ by its ordeal.
Loombe of Gorleston also admitted a public order offence and possessing cannabis, but had no separate penalty imposed for the offences.
Miss Barker who is 31 weeks pregnant said after the hearing that she was walking to an appointment with her midwife when she saw the incident.
She said: ‘I saw him dragging this poor little puppy behind him. I said that he needed to pick the puppy up and he told me to fuck off.
‘So I just carried on walking and then saw him still dragging it across the road so its face collided with the high kerb.
‘I just thought it was disgusting so I stood at the side of the Co-op and filmed him for 11 seconds. I was so upset that I was crying my eyes out.
‘He must have been dragging it on the lead for more than 60 yards. It was the cruellest thing I had ever seen.
‘The puppy was shaking and grunting and obviously very distressed. You could see that it didn’t like it and was getting hurt.
‘Five other people came up to him, saying he needed to pick the dog up and he responded with a load of abuse.
‘He must have known he was doing something wrong, but he was shouting at people.
‘He even said that he that he had been pulling it along since he left his house. He said, “You have got to teach it. You have to be cruel to be kind”.
‘I was physically crying as I carried on walking and I stopped at my mother’s house. She phoned the police on my behalf.
‘The puppy was so young that it should not even have been out of the house, let alone dragged along the ground.’
Miss Barker said she was outraged that Loombe had not been banned by magistrates from keeping any dogs.
She said: ‘He had two other dogs with him and it turned out that the puppy came from a litter of seven which he had at his house.
‘His sentencing is a joke. He should have been banned from having any animal. How can any dog be safe with him?
‘I am disgusted with his penalty. The justice system has let him off really lightly. I was told that the police took all his other dogs away – but now it looks like he might get them back.’
A petition demanding that Loombe’s other puppies and adult dogs should be permanently taken away from had attracted more than 1,000 signatures today.
Loombe responded to the case on Facebook by posting a comment.
He added: ‘I appreciate that I must be or nearly the most hated person in Norfolk and my behaviour/ situation is nothing less than horrifyingly awful!!?
‘I understand all of this and I made a fucking massive mistake which I am/ have paying for!!’
Loombe’s Facebook timeline reveals that his litter of puppies were born on September 4.
He posted several pictures of the dogs on Facebook, saying he felt like ‘Snow White’ with seven puppies instead of dwarfs.