Jail, 5 Year Pet Ban for Infamous Dog Abuser

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A man who was caught on camera viciously kicking a puppy has been sentenced to eight weeks in custody and disqualified from owning animals for five years – a good start, but does the punishment fit the crime?

As one of the first blogs to publish the video and get word of the incident to spread, it was our intent to follow this troubling story to its conclusion, and it would appear that we’ve heard the last of Arthur Kent for a while – but not nearly long enough.

Kent, of Welling, southeast London, was filmed by a member of the public in Knee Hill Park as he kicked his dog. Public outrage sparked an internet manhunt that eventually led Kent to turn himself in to Police. “They asked me how I could manage to kick a 12kg dog with such force. I’m ashamed and disgusted with myself and want to apologise. I would never hurt any animal.”

A vet who examined the animal noted signs of trauma. It was confiscated by police and turned over to the RSPCA. Kent admitted cruelty and causing unnecessary suffering to the pet. He was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and banned from owning animals for five years.

This is not Kent’s first run-in with the law: he was previously jailed for 18 months for robbery.


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11 thoughts on “Jail, 5 Year Pet Ban for Infamous Dog Abuser”

  1. If I remember correctly, this wasn’t even his dog, so how does an ownership ban help at all. Perhaps I am incorrect, but there was one case where the abuser was walking a friend or relative’s dog. I think a little more jail time would remind him to behave in the future and court ordered counseling or anger management might be in order too.

  2. I feel like I have just been slimed! Eight Weeks is only two months! The punishments just do not suit the crime as far as I am concerned. I am getting so tired of our judiciary system when it comes to animals. When are we going to hold our governing bodies to be better with the sentencing of animal abuser’s? It is up to us to DEMAND the justice we see fit and make the changes necessary.

  3. I would never hurt an animal. Um…he already did. That’s called being a liar. He needs more jail, community service, and anger management/psychotherapy.

  4. Maybe after 5 years, there will be a place for him on a NFL football team and he will claim that he is ready to own a dog to help with his rehabilitation.

  5. I don’t care about the guy anymore. The dog is safe from him and he is exposed as a dog beater. What I want to know is how the dog fares. Please follow the story until this poor puppy finds his forever home, and let us know he has found love.


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