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Dog kicked and dragged along ground is rehomed as man held over attack

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A border collie filmed being brutally kicked and trailed along the ground has been rehomed with a loving new family.

The five-year-old dog called Bessie was seen cowering and looking distressed in footage which saw her being attacked and dragged along a yard.

Animal lovers across Northern Ireland were shocked and repulsed when the disturbing footage turned up online just after Christmas.

It's understood the sickening attack on the animal took place in Co Down several months ago, but only recently came to light on YouTube and Facebook.

Last night a PSNI spokeswoman said a 43-year-old man had been arrested on Wednesday in Banbridge in relation to animal cruelty and was later released on bail pending further inquiries. David Wilson, from the USPCA, said the abuse revealed in the harrowing video clip – showing Bessie "cowering" and with "nowhere to hide" – was disgusting.

He confirmed the dog had since been taken from its owner.

"The dog has been removed from his care," he added.

"We transported the dog to a vet in Newry by animal ambulance. The dog is OK. The attack took place several months ago, so it has had time to recover."

The USPCA is hoping a prosecution will be brought against her attacker.

Mr Wilson added: "We hope the perpetrator is shown the same sympathy by the courts he showed the animal.

"He could face a custodial sentence. We would like to see people like this banned from owning dogs for life. That is in the court's remit."

In November the Belfast Telegraph revealed just one person had been taken to court for animal welfare offences in a year – out of more than 4,000 incidents investigated by Northern Ireland's councils.

According to a report seen by this newspaper, only two prosecutions were made between April 2, 2012 and April 2, 2013, after the responsibility was passed to councils.

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