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Bury St Edmunds: Man kicked and punched puppy because it “did not speak English”

PUBLISHED: 18:07 09 October 2012

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A MAN who kicked and punched his nine-month-old puppy because it “did not speak English” has been given a 12 month community supervision order.

Julian Hulls, 42, of Well Street, Bury St Edmunds hit the puppy so often he had “red and swollen knuckles”, a court was told.

Hulls pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary harm after a neighbour reported hearing “high-pitch screaming” and “yelping” coming from the property in August this year.

On August 3, a neighbour heard Hulls shouting and swearing at the cross Collie, Rottweiler, French Mastiff puppy called Kye.

The court heard how the puppy was “terrified and in pain” but the neighbour decided against calling the RSPCA.

Two days later the woman was then woken up by the puppy’s squealing as Hulls was heard shouting he was going to kill the dog.

She phoned the police after seeing Hulls kick the puppy with such a force the dog crashed into the kitchen door.

The puppy was seen cowering against the door in pain as Hulls continued to shout at it.

Police arrived and saw Hulls had been hitting the dog so hard he had “red and swollen knuckles”.

The puppy needed treating by a vet for head wounds and rib injuries.

During the police interview Hulls said he was giving the dog “discipline” as it was “smashing up the place” and had chewed his wife’s glasses.

In the interview Hulls said the “dog did not speak English and so gave it discipline”.

His lawyer Mr Shipman said Hulls had been stressed at the time because of the imminent birth of his second child.

The puppy was described as a “large dog” that was difficult to control with Hulls also having lost his job which he “very much loved”.

The court heard how Hulls became the puppy’s owner after his best friend had died in a road traffic accident.

Mr Shipman said Hulls had tried to muzzle the dog but it failed to work.

“He becomes very emotional and frequently dissolves into tears”, Mr Shipman said.

“He can only apologise. The dog has been taken away from him, he has been evicted from his home as a result of this - he thinks, and he has to find other accommodation.”

District Judge Celia Dawson said: “He admitted fully he had over-stepped the mark, it’s a very regrettable event and he appreciates he needs help.”

“I am also concerned of a high risk that you may well lose control in subsequent occasions if you own an animal.”

Hulls will be monitored by the probation service for 18 months and will have to complete 100 hours in unpaid work, in addition to the 12 month community supervision order.

Hulls was banned for owning an animal for five years and must pay £85 in costs and £163 in compensation for the puppy’s treatment.

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