A police officer swore angrily and punched a five-month puppy repeatedly in a horrendous attack caught on camera, a court heard.
Sergeant Martin Dunn, 48, based at Manchester Airport, can be seen in a video raining blows on the frightened dog and shouting “you little b*****d” as it yelped in pain.
The firearms officer has now been sentenced for animal cruelty after he ‘saw red’ and hit the springer spaniel three or four times in his garden.
Footage of the incident, which the Mirror has chosen not to show due to its harrowing nature, was played at Leeds Magistrates’ Court as Dunn was sentenced on Friday, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Prosecutor Charles MacRae said Dunn, who had been drinking when the offence took place at around 10.30pm on March 14, could be heard shouting and swearing at the dog beforehand.
In the clip, which was played in court, he can be heard to shout “You little b*****d!” at the dog before raining down a number of blows.
The dog was examined initially by a vet, Dr Sean Taylor, and then later by David Ryan, a specialist in the field of canine behaviour, Mr Macrae said.
In his report Mr Ryan said that in carrying out his assessment: “When I shouted at Frank he reacted with extreme fear” indicating that he had learnt to fear such behaviour.
“Punching a dog repeatedly is not appropriate training,” he added.
Dunn, of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty at an earlier hearing.
A spokeswoman for the Probation Service said: “He is deeply ashamed. On the day of the event when he saw the puppy had made a mess he saw red.”
She added that the officer had been involved in the police response to the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 and has been suffering from PTSD “without realising it”.
The defendant had since been referred for treatment by Occupational Health.
In mitigation, Sarah Barlow, said: “In this case there are a number of stress factors that came together on that evening that caused him to behave as he did.
“He hung his head in shame when he saw the video. It was a complete one-off.”
Mr MacRae called for the pet to be re-homed by the RSPCA saying “any contact between Dunn and Frank would be detrimental. He took it upon himself to chastise it”.
He added that there was “a clear loss of control and excessive use of force even if he did not intend to chastise the dog”.
She said his job which saw him patrolling Manchester Airport for GMP “requires that at all times he is under control of his actions”.
“As a firearms officer he has a great responsibility. In short he can’t believe that he behaved as he did.
“No excuses are made for it. This is the only occasion when he has behaved in any way like this.
“The effects of witnessing what he did at Manchester Arena affected him very deeply. So often police officers don’t avail themselves of counselling fearing it will affect how they are viewed.”
She said he was also involved in a “horrific neighbour dispute” and was hoping to sell the home he shared with his partner.
She said it meant he “can’t relax either at work or at home.”
District Judge Bouch sentenced him to a 12 months community order with 120 hours of unpaid work reduced from 180 because of his guilty plea.
He was also disqualified for five years from keeping any animals apart from a lizard-type, Leopard Gheko.
In addition he was told to pay court costs of £85 and a surcharge of £95 within 28 days.
It was unclear precisely what would happen to Frank as the court heard its ownership is disputed.
When Sgt Dunn was charged by West Yorkshire Police, a Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police Sergeant Dunn is currently on restricted duties and the matter has been referred to Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch.”