Recently, Elsworthy was sentenced to a three-year ban on keeping animals, in addition to 80 hours of unpaid work, per Metro. Because Elsworthy failed to appear for a previous court appearance, he was sentenced to an additional 100 hours. Animal rights group PETA believes the sentence is too light for the extent of the harm caused. PETA also cited the fact that animal abusers can be dangerous to people, too.
Elisa Allen, director of PETA, said, “Anyone capable of repeatedly punching a dog in the face is likely to pose a serious threat to all living, feeling beings. While we are relieved that this man is banned from keeping animals for life, it’s imperative that, in addition to his community service, he undergo counselling. History shows that violent criminals often start by harming animals, so his anger-management issues need to be addressed – otherwise he remains a danger to all Bournemouth residents.”
VILE. Anyone capable of repeatedly punching a dog in the face is likely to pose a serious threat to all living, feeling beings. 😡https://t.co/ZNrQQySBs1
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) August 28, 2020
The beer garden manager also expressed concern over Elsworthy’s behavior. Simon Dawson, the pub manager said he gave the CCTV to the police to help bring justice. “I was upstairs at the time and it wasn’t until I saw the CCTV that I realised how bad it was. It was a horrible thing to do – I hate that kind of thing.”
Local group RSPCA echoed both PETA and Dawson’s sentiments, “This was an upsetting and shocking attack and no animal should be treated this way.”
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