Cruel pet owner repeatedly kicked dogs and rammed their heads into the concrete floor in Blyth


A cruel pet owner has avoided a ban on keeping animals despite her dogs repeatedly kicking them and burying their heads in the ground.

Drunk Lyndsay Netherton was spotted by a passerby attacking the two Stafforshire Bull Terriers, named Sasha and Alfie, in the middle of Blyth Market Place, Northumberland.

The witness was so worried she called the police and officers quickly attended the scene, a court heard.

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Footage from an officer’s body-worn camera then appears to show Netherton being aggressive in such a state that she can barely speak or stand as she rants and swears.

The 40-year-old, from Merton Square, Blyth, was arrested and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly but denied two counts of animal cruelty.

However, she was convicted at the end of her trial and was on the bench at the South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to find out her fate.

Prosecutor Niamh Reading said the witness was in Blyth Market Place at around 4.15pm on July 2 last year when she spotted Netherton and the two dogs.

Miss Reading added: “The defendant looked furious and had a bottle of vodka she was drinking from.

“The witness saw the accused lean over and use her open hand to place it on one of the dogs.

“The witness watched as she pushed down until the dog’s head was smashed on the concrete floor before she lost her grip.

“She did it a few times aggressively and gritted her teeth doing it.

“The dog appeared to be scared and the accused was seen kicking both this dog and the other dog.”

The court heard that one of the animals escaped and ran towards the witness, apparently “seeking protection”.

Miss Reading continued: “She could see scars all over her face and the dog stayed by her side, even though the defendant called him back.”

Magistrates were told that Netherton tried to stand but “planted his face” on the ground and had to support himself by holding on to a tree.

When officers arrived, they noticed that she had foam in her mouth, had slurred speech, her pupils were dilated and she was getting wet.

Graham Crouth, defending, said Netherton has always denied attacking the animals and plans to appeal his conviction.

He added: “She doesn’t have a drinking problem, she’s not an alcoholic. It’s rare that she finds herself in that kind of state. It happened because of something that happened to her. happened that day.”

Netherton was given a 12-month community order, with 100 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £620 in costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Presiding magistrates Iain McCourt said: ‘We believe this was a one-time, isolated incident and to disqualify you from owning animals would be disproportionate.’

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