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Man who beat his French bulldog Eiffel has sentence reduced

by Shella Stull (2020-10-25)


A NSW MP has slammed the punishment handed to a Sydney man who beat his dog in an apparent attempt to get back at his ex-partner.

The man on Thursday partly won his sentence appeal in the NSW District Court, which reduced his community corrections order and ban on owning pets from two years to 11 months.

The sentence still requires the 51-year-old to meet with a psychologist 10 times.

A Sydney man beat his French bulldog 'Eiffel' in an apparent attempt to get back at his ex-partner

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The man had filmed himself striking and kicking a French bulldog named Eiffel, RSPCA NSW said.

Eiffel had previously been co-owned by the offender's partner and was referenced by the man in the footage, the welfare organisation said.

RSPCA inspectors found Eiffel in the feces-covered courtyard of the Concord home.

The dog was treated for engorged blood vessels in the eyes, evidence of diarrhoea, an ulceration on his scrotum, and inflammation and redness between his toes.

NSW upper house MP Emma Hurst said the original sentence had been made 'even weaker' and called for the state to legislate tougher penalties for animal cruelty.

The man had filmed himself striking and doggy dating kicking a French bulldog named Eiffel, RSPCA NSW said

'(The) shocking ruling fails to recognise both the seriousness of his crimes, and the proven link between domestic violence and animal abuse,' the Animal Justice Party MP said in a statement on Friday.

'Eiffel was found by the RSPCA in a pool of his own diarrhoea.

Anyone who abuses an animal must receive a lifetime ban on having an animal in their care.'

A 2008 Victorian study of 100 women found those experiencing intimate partner violence were five times more likely to have a partner who'd threatened the pets.

At the time of the Concord man's original sentencing in May, the RSPCA said animal cruelty in the context of domestic violence was 'sadly, not uncommon'.

The man, who pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an act of animal cruelty, was also ordered to pay $6200 to the RSPCA to cover medical and legal costs.