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Gravesend teenager spared jail after attacking dog

Jordan Kearsley with the German Shepherd and Doberman in Gordon Promenade, Gravesend
Image caption Jordan Kearsley repeatedly kicked and stamped on the German Shepherd dog in Gravesend in May

A man who was caught on CCTV camera kicking and stamping on a German Shepherd dog in a Kent park has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Unemployed Jordan Kearsley, 18, of Wellbeck Road, Sutton, south London, was also banned from keeping animals for life by Dartford magistrates.

He was filmed repeatedly attacking the dog in Gordon Promenade, Gravesend, near his previous home in May.

On Monday Kearsley was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail, suspended for 18 months.

'Violence was horrific'

He was also given a curfew between 20:30 to 06:00 for 12 weeks, ordered to attend a senior attendance centre and pay £750 costs.

The RSPCA said that the dog had suffered bruising, rather than any other more serious injuries.

RSPCA Insp Vikki Dawe said: "This video footage was heartbreaking to see.

"This poor elderly dog was being kicked and stamped on. The violence was horrific."

The German Shepherd, and a Doberman that was not harmed during the attack, were returned to Kearsley's father who told magistrates his son would never have any contact with the animals again, the RSPCA said.

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