Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ANIMAL BAN FOR THUG WHO SMASHED DOG'S HEAD INTO PAVEMENT ; Owner Punched Defenceless Terrier Attack Only Stopped by Horrified Passers-By

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ANIMAL BAN FOR THUG WHO SMASHED DOG'S HEAD INTO PAVEMENT ; Owner Punched Defenceless Terrier Attack Only Stopped by Horrified Passers-By

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ATHUG who punched his Jack Russell Terrier before smashing its head against the pavement in a vile attack has been banned from keeping animals. Demmi James Grice, 25, held the defenceless dog upside down and then slammed its head against the paved concrete in Rochdale. Witnesses were horrified after they saw Grice shouting angrily at the animal before lifting it up by the lead so it was dangling several feet above the ground. Grice then punched the terrified dog in the head and hurled the pet to the ground in the incident in Molesworth Street. He only stopped his sickening attack when passers-by confronted him - and intervened to end its ordeal. Grice fled with the dog but brave onlookers caught up with him and restrained him until police arrived. He was arrested and hauled before Bury magistrates' court where he was yesterday banned from keeping animals for five years. Grice, of Waithlands Road, Rochdale, was found guilty of animal cruelty and ordered to pay a total of Pounds 1,049 in fines and costs. The court heard how the incident unfolded at around 10.25am on October 10 this year. Daniel Harris, 24, was in the passenger seat of a car travelling down Molesworth Street when he noticed Grice lift the dog up by its collar.

Mr Harris, who was on his way to a job interview, told the court he felt he had to intervene when Grice threw the dog to the ground. He said: "It landed head-first and then crumpled to the left as its back hit the floor.

At this point I made up my mind to get out of the car.

I genuinely thought he had killed the dog. "I was quite distressed, mainly because if he could do that in public I was worried what he would do to the animal behind closed doors." When Mr Harris approached Grice, he ran away, pulling the dog behind him. Mr Harris added: "The dog's legs were being dragged along the concrete pavement because he couldn't keep up with the speed the man was running at. …

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