A serial dog abuser has been prohibited from being near animals for a decade after leaving his partner’s Basenji-Dingo cross with swelling on his skull.
Parmelia man Michael John Redinger, 27, admitted to animal welfare officers he had been kicking and punching two-year-old “Scotty” for weeks during a raid on his home, according to the RSPCA WA.
Neighbours had alerted the animal protection agency to the ongoing abuse after seeing Redinger wrap something around Scotty’s neck and punching him several times.
The neighbours told authorities they could hear the dog’s cries for help during beatings over “an extended period” of time.
Scotty was adopted as a rescue dog only six months before being seized by the RSPCA in November, 2019.
Redinger was fined $10,000 in the Rockingham Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he was handed a 10-year ban on coming in contact with animals after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges.
The court was told the 27-year-old would regularly kick and punch Scotty for digging holes and chewing on household items.
An emergency vet appointment following the Basenji-Dingo cross’ seizure revealed the dog suffered swelling on his skull, bruising across his body and significant muscle damage.
Scotty was subjected to “deliberate, prolonged cruelty” which would have been “terrifying and extremely painful”, according to RSPCA Inspector Manager Kylie Green.
“Dogs, especially young dogs like Scotty, get up to mischief but it’s our job as owners to keep them mentally stimulated and teach them in a loving way using positive reinforcement training,” Ms Green said.
“It is never OK to physically injure an animal.
“What’s particularly distressing about this case is that Scotty had just been adopted from a rescue group six months earlier; he should have found his secure, forever home but instead learned to live in fear and pain.”