A Northern Ireland man has received a two-month suspended jail term for kicking a dog and throwing it in an industrial bin.
Mark Bellringer claimed he feared the Staffordshire bull terrier-type would impregnate and kill his own dog. The injured animal was recovered from the skip in south Belfast and treated for abdominal bruising.
Bellringer (36), of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelly beating the dog at Ireton Street on Monday.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard he was arrested after a resident saw him delivering a kick to the dog, lifting it and throwing it in the bin.
A defence lawyer said Bellringer had been in the area with his own pets, a Jack Russell and a Rottweiler pup.
It was claimed he acted in self-defence because the other dog was running loose about Botanic and harassing his animals.