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Probation for puppy attack

Adam Bowden outside Bundaberg Magistrates Court, where he was sentenced to two years probation for animal cruelty.
Adam Bowden outside Bundaberg Magistrates Court, where he was sentenced to two years probation for animal cruelty. Scottie Simmonds

A 31-YEAR-OLD man has been banned from keeping animals for two years after he launched a vicious attack on a puppy, choking the animal several times before punching it and throwing it across the room.

Adam Bowden attacked Kelly, a four-month-old bull arab-terrier cross puppy, in September last year.

"On September 29, 2011, a complaint was received by the RSPCA that the defendant had beaten his puppy," prosecutor Jason Todman yesterday told Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

"A vet examined the puppy and said she was showing signs of soft tissue pain from blunt trauma force to the hips, hind legs and back.

"She was exhibiting signs of shyness, hunching, getting up from prone position stiffly and she was exhibiting fear by urinating on the examination table."

Mr Todman said on the day of the offence, Bowden picked up the puppy by the collar, choking it three times.

"He then picked up the puppy by the collar again and then he punched the puppy," the prosecutor said.

"Then, still holding the puppy by the collar, he lifted it to shoulder height and threw it a distance of 8m where it landed on the ground.

"He heard the puppy yelp when it landed on the ground and saw the puppy limping and thought it had a broken leg."

Bowden then phoned his sister, asking her to take the animal away because he was "sick of hurting it".

"The defendant admitted he had beaten the puppy and can't control himself when he gets angry," Mr Todman said.

"He said he was sick of getting angry and he was sick of beating it."

The prosecutor said Bowden, who represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty, had a history of violence with convictions of assaulting both members of the public and police officers.

The court heard after the attack, Bowden tried to buy another puppy from the RSPCA but they recognised him and refused to sell an animal to him, although he denied that in court.

"If the outcome had been any more serious for Kelly, you would be facing jail,"

Magistrate Jennifer Batts told Bowden.

He was sentenced to two years probation.

He was also banned from keeping an animal for two years and said because his two young children had dogs, he would live elsewhere while he tried to get employment so they did not have to give up their pets.

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