A video of a dog being abused has been circulating on Youtube and Facebook, and prompted at least 50 people to surround the home of the alleged abuser.
UPDATE (11-25-11) Jonathan Bloomfield has been banned from owning pets for 15 years. The former Grimsby resident was also ordered to complete 260 hours of unpaid work (community service) and pay £100 costs.
Bloomfield claimed that the abuse was the result of anger over the theft of a few potato chips. Judges were not impressed. Bench chairman David Stenton handed down the sentence and said: “It is pretty clear to everyone this is an awful case of animal cruelty. “The dog was clearly very frightened and had been subjected to violence over a period of time.”
Grimsby became infamous overnight when a video of him beating his dog circulated on YouTube in October.
[dcs_head top=”0″ color=”#666666″] [/dcs_head] Someone smashed a window of the home on Stanley Street in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire UK, as a large crowd gathered outside on Tuesday evening. Some claimed that the man of the house was assaulted at the fron door earlier in the evening, but police have not confirmed.
The angry mob assembled mere hours after the video was posted on Facebook. Police escorted the occupant from the property shortly after 9 p.m. and the dog was removed from the home just minutes afterward.
A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “We did attend last night because there was some disorder and criminal damage at the address. I believe the man arrested was the man seen in the footage beating the dog, which was taken to the Blue Cross Animal Hospital, in Grimsby.”
The 36-year-old man arrested was scheduled to appear in court today to face two charges of animal cruelty.
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