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VIDEO: Man Who Repeatedly Kicked His Pet Staffy Will Plead GUILTY to Animal Cruelty

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VIDEO: Man Who Repeatedly Kicked His Pet Staffy Will Plead GUILTY to Animal Cruelty

The man caught allegedly kicking his pet staffy in the face deeply regrets the incident and will plead guilty.

His defence lawyer Brooke Winter told the Courier Mail the man was fully cooperative with the RSPCA inspectors and assisted them with their inquiries.

The man was filmed by a bystander kicking the canine as he and a woman with another dog got the animals down from a ute at a Gold Coast beach.

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Footage shows a man appearing to hit and kick his excited puppy in an attempt to control him at a beach in the south of Queensland

The video was posted on Facebook on Monday and sparked uproar on social media when it was viewed by more than 3.5 million people.

The dog was seized on Tuesday afternoon by the RSPCA and taken to its animal care centre at Wacol.

The man was charged on Thursday with one count of animal cruelty and is due to face the Southport Magistrates court next month.

Queensland RSPCA have taken custody of the blue Staffordshire. Disturbing footage uploaded to social media captures the shirtless man unloading the dog from his ute tray at a beach in Currumbin.

He is then seen repeatedly kicking the dog and violently yanking on its chain in a bid to control it as a female companion holding another dog watches on.   

RSPCA officer Alison Clark told 9 News the animal welfare organisation confronted the man on Tuesday morning, after a report by eyewitnesses.

‘I can confirm the dog is now in the custody of the RSPCA,’ Ms Clark said.

‘At this stage I would urge any anyone who’s witnessed these events first hand to get in touch so we can take statements.’

The dog was reported to be healthy, but charges could still be laid.

Tarah Lee Barry, who filmed the incident, claimed the man ‘closed fist punched’ his young dog ‘in the head’.

An eyewitness says she saw the man punch the pup in the head with a closed fist
An eyewitness says she saw the man punch the pup in the head with a closed fist

She shared the clip to Facebook, telling her followers the man ‘started kicking [the dog] and dragging it around by it’s lead yelling at the dog to “settle down”‘.

‘The poor dog was just super excited about being at the beach and clearly had no training plus the guy had no control of the dog with just a collar to lead it,’ she said.

The video shows the man kick his legs and pull hard on the pup’s chain collar to restrain it.

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