Shocking footage shows man dragging ‘distressed’ puppy along pavement
- Credit: East Anglia News Service
Video footage has emerged of a man, convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a puppy, dragging the dog along the pavement.
Robert Loombe was seen pulling the five-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier on its lead as its belly rubbed along the ground.
Mother-of-two Jade Barker, 23, was so upset when she saw Loombe with the puppy that she filmed him as he walked past with his two other dogs in Gorleston.
Miss Barker, who is 31 weeks pregnant, said she was walking to an appointment with her midwife when she saw the incident.
MORE: Gorleston man Robert Loombe fined £300 after puppy dragged along streetShe said he reacted angrily and swore at passers-by who urged him to stop dragging along his pet.
'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 f*** off,' she said. '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.
'The puppy was shaking and grunting and obviously very distressed. You could see that it didn't like it and was getting hurt.'
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The 46-year-old, of New College Close, Gorleston, admitted the offence and was ordered by Norwich Magistrates Court on Thursday to pay a £300 fine and was banned from owning the dog.
Miss Barker was outraged that Loombe had not been banned by magistrates from keeping any dogs.
'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,' she said. 'His sentencing is a joke. He should have been banned from having any animal. How can any dog be safe with him?'
A petition demanding that Loombe's other puppies and adult dogs should be permanently taken away from him has attracted more than 1,000 signatures.
A spokesperson for Norfolk Constabulary confirmed the puppy had suffered a grazed chin and had been taken by officers to the Broken Halo animal rescue centre with its mother.
The puppy's father and two other puppies in Loombe's care were later handed over to the shelter.
The shelter confirmed all five dogs have been fostered and will be re-homed.