A man who was caught on CCTV beating his dog next to a canal in Bilston, Wolverhampton, has been disqualified from keeping animals for two years by magistrates.

Carl Pugh (DOB 23/11/82), of Elizabeth Avenue, Bilston, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14 December, where he was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to American bulldog Jeff.

Pugh was found guilty in his absence at an earlier hearing last month.

As well as the two-year disqualification order, Pugh was given a 12-week curfew, and was told to pay costs of £100 and an £85 victim surcharge.

The court heard that CCTV footage of Pugh hitting the dog was shared on Facebook thousands of times after it was posted online in June this year. As a result of the footage being shared on social media, Pugh was identified to the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor said: “Pugh claimed that Jeff dragged him into the canal and that he got his foot wet, so he hit him – but he said that the CCTV made it look worse than it was, and he said that he loved the dog and would never harm him.

“But the CCTV showed a different story. On the footage, Pugh can clearly be seen hitting Jeff five times and then picking him up and holding him over the canal.

“The magistrates said in court that it was a ‘despicable way to treat a dog’ and they are right. There is no excuse to treat any animal like this.

“We’d like to thank everyone who contacted us with information after seeing the shocking video online.”

Magistrates ordered Jeff to be signed over to the RSPCA’s care to be rehomed.

Inspector Taylor said: “Jeff is a lovely dog and he hasn’t got an aggressive bone in his body. It is so sad that he went through this.”