Sunday, 19 January 2020

Man fined after dog attacked with catapult

A MAN has been fined for a catapult attack on a dog near Goring.

A MAN has been fined for a catapult attack on a dog near Goring.

Micky Smith, 29, of Sutton Lane, Slough, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Oxford Magistrates? Court on Tuesday.

He was fined £110 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

The attack at the Elvendon Priory Estate was captured on CCTV on September 17. Smith is seen approaching the kennel doors, checking the locks and then picking up a rock before firing it at a five-year-old cocker spaniel.

He fled when he was disturbed by estate maintenance manager Chris Noys and sped away in a black van with four other men.

Smith was arrested in Slough on Sunday evening. Mr Noys, 41, who had been alerted to the attack by the sound of the dogs barking, thought his dogs were about to be stolen.

He took the cocker spaniel to a vet in Cholsey, where she was checked over and is now okay.

Mr Noys, who owns four working cocker spaniels and one Labrador, called the attack ?absolutely disgusting? and said Smith?s sentence should have been harsher.

?He got away with it ? he just got a fine and a slap on the wrist,? he said. ?It doesn?t send out the correct message. He should have been locked up for five years."

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