After being caught on camera punching and kicking his dog before throwing her across the room, a restaurant owner has been forbidden from owning or caring for animals.
David Nellist, 38, was caught on CCTV abusing his dog, a young Spaniel named Coco, according to the Daily Mail.
The abuse occurred in the early hours of January 29 at a bar in Keswick, England that Nellist co-owns.
The court sentenced him to two months in prison and has also barred him from owning animals for 5 years. He has also been suspended for 18 months and must perform 200 hours of unpaid service. A fine of £1,580 has been issued.
The abuse first came to the attention of law enforcement officials after a neighbor awoke to the sound of the dog crying out.
"A neighbor was awakened in the middle of the night by a noise that she described as 'an animal in extreme pain or distress,'" said Martyn Fletcher, an inspector for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
"She told us the sound continued intermittently," Fletcher continued, "causing her to be so concerned that she actually got up, left her home and followed the noise to the restaurant."
The CCTV cameras captured the events inside.
"There is no audio recorded on it," he added, "but it's horrible to watch.
"He's seen pursuing her relentlessly as she moves from room to room, clearly frightened and trying to get away from him," Fletcher continued. "He repeatedly punches her, kicks her and on two occasions picks her up by the throat and throws her across the room onto the ground. It's not difficult to imagine what might have happened had it not been for the actions of the neighbor."
Though police officers had arrived on the scene, they saw no obvious signs of injuries to the animal. However, after the RSPCA inspected the footage, law enforcement officials were able to take Coco away from her abuser.
She is now under RSPCA care.
Nellist later admitted his crimes to a court, saying that he was drunk at the time of the abuse.
For Coco, however, this marks a new beginning as she has found a new home with a caring owner.
"I've seen her since and she's like a different dog," Fletcher said. "She's got a fantastic owner who has another dog too, and they've become great friends. She's a really cheeky girl."
According to the American Humane Society website, dogs make up more than 60% of animal cruelty cases with 1,880 cases reported in 2007 alone.