Man fined $5000 for beating his dog

This dog was rescued by a stranger who saw it being beaten by its owner.
This dog was rescued by a stranger who saw it being beaten by its owner.

Clayton Richard Lawrence was fined $5000 and prohibited from being in charge of an animal for five years after being found guilty of beating his seven-year-old Rottweiler Herpes.

A complaint was made after a witness saw Lawrence kicking and dragging the dog in Parmelia in August 2013.

The witness said they confronted Lawrence, who then walked off, leaving the dog on the ground shaking and foaming at the mouth.

An RSPCA inspector interviewed Lawrence, who said he owned Herpes and that he was beating the dog because he was annoyed with his girlfriend.

Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said people could not beat an animal because they were having personal issues.

‘There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of deliberate cruelty and those who we catch committing these deliverable acts of cruelty will find themselves at the wrong end of the law and can end up with a criminal conviction,’ she said.

‘We are encouraged that there are people who are prepared to take action when they see such incidents of deliberate cruelty.

‘I would like to thank the witness in this case for their actions, not only in reporting the incident to RSPCA, but also for taking the dog to the nearest veterinary clinic.’