Man kicked dog which had bitten him

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A dog walker alerted an off-duty detective after witnessing two men fighting each other, encouraging their two Staffordshire Bull Terriers to fight, and kicking the dogs.

High Peak magistrates heard that John Terence Walton was seen to kick the dogs and beat them with his fist during the incident on May 28.

Walton, 33, of Watford Lane, New Mills, admitted using threatening behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.

Lisa Tinsley, defending, said Walton and his friend had taken their dogs for a walk in Hayfield and he was bitten by his friend’s dog.

“He doesn’t fully accept the extent to which he is said to be mistreating the dogs,” she said. “He does accept he did kick the dog in anger.”

Magistrate David Dusgate told Walton, a full-time student in receipt of disability living allowance, that he was fortunate not be facing more serious charges.

“The witness was very upset and was in fear of violence if she had intervened in any way. It was sustained, deliberate and drink was involved,” said Mr Dusgate.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £15 government surcharge.