A 42-year-old Wanneroo man has been forced to pay $5000 after he kicked his dog twice in public, causing it to suffer an injury.
Donald Bearder was sentenced in the Joondalup Magistrate's Court today after the RSPCA charged him with animal cruelty over the incident.
Bearder was convicted under section 19 of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 and fined $4000 and ordered to pay the animal rights group $1000 in costs.
He was banned from owning an animal for five years.
The court found Bearder was in charge of the dog and was cruel to it by way of ill treatment.
Bearder was charged after a witness saw him pulling hard on the leash of a black and white dog.
The witness called out to Bearder to leave the dog alone, but he responded saying it was his dog and could do what he wanted.
The witness then sought the assistance of their partner, who approached Bearder, but as he cross the road he kicked the dog while holding its lead.
After the dog fell to the ground, he kicked it again.
The animal yelped and lay still on the ground.
A fight broke out between the witness and Bearder and police intervened.
Wanneroo rangers were called to the scene and the dog was taken to a nearby veterinary surgery, where it was revealed it had suffered soft tissue trauma.
The dog later recovered and has been re-homed.