DISTRESSING CONTENT WARNING: A Chinese man living on the Gold Coast has been banned from owning a pet for three years after he was videoed beating a fluffy white puppy.
Jian Leo Zhang was sentenced to 12 months’ probation in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday after outraged neighbours filmed him repeatedly hitting Ka Ka the Samoyed dog with a stick at his Broadbeach Waters home.
Magistrate John Costanzo said Zhang had continued to hit Ka Ka even though it was obvious he was afraid and in pain.
“The incident on the video recording was distressing to the dog and obviously concerning to the neighbours and it is both concerning and distressing to this court,” he said.
“You’re a mature-aged man who should know better than to treat animals in the way that you did.”
RSPCA officers removed Ka Ka and another Samoyed dog.
Ka Ka was found to have urine stains on his neck, chest and front legs consistent with the puppy having been rubbed in urine or being held down in urine during a beating, according to veterinary evidence in court documents.
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Both puppies were unsure and hesitant with people, which is unusual behaviour for puppies of that age and breed, the documents said.
They have been placed into foster care with an experienced dog owner so they can begin behavioural and psychological rehabilitation.
The 28-year-old had pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and was also ordered to pay court costs of $8500.
Magistrate Costanzo said the sentence was appropriate given Zhang’s persistent denials and consistent lack of remorse.