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Friday, Oct 28, 2011
Defendant/Suspect: Edward Andrews
A cruel dog owner who beat his pet to a pulp in front of his laughing five-year-old son has been banned from keeping animals for 20 years.
Edward Andrews swung his Staffordshire bull terrier in the air by a lead, then dropped him from a height before raining punches and kicks on the poor pup.
Andrews, of Warbank Crescent, New Addington, appeared before Croydon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, having admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at an earlier hearing.
The court heard horrified neighbours rang police to report the 47-year-old, after they saw him viciously mistreat the dog while walking down King Henry's Drive with his five-year-old son.
Prosecuting, Terry Curtis said: "A neighbor said they saw the defendant abusing a dog. He was walking along and they saw the defendant drag the dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier, by its collar along the concrete.
"He started swinging the dog from behind to the front of him. The dog was airborne, he did this four times.
"On the fourth time the dog was unconscious and was lying on the pavement.
"The defendant then picked the dog up and dropped it from a height of about 5ft for no apparent reason. The dog just lay on the floor when the defendant started to punch and kick it. He kicked it about ten times.
"He left the dog for dead."
The court heard Andrews had two dogs, which have now both been taken off him by the RSPCA.
In mitigation, Andrews' lawyer Mark Jones said the defendant had no recollection of the incident but is "remorseful".
Mr Jones said: "It is fair to say that Mr Andrews has a considerable problem with alcohol.
"He is genuinely remorseful that he did that, but he cannot remember the incident."
As well as his 20-year ban on keeping animals, magistrates handed Andrews a six-month supervision order, with an alcohol treatment requirement.
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