In England, a 22-year-old man was just emprisoned after he was filmed by a surveilance camera beating a dog on a train in Essex.
The images, collected by the CCTV (an English train company), show him bludgeoning his Bull Terrier, who died of his injuried a few days later. They allowed authorities to rapidly identify the individual, Kieran Milledge.
On October 10, around 10:30 p.m., while he was on a train going between Braintree and Witham, the homeless man commited a horrifying act of violence against his dog, Ronnie: after having hung him by his neck with a leash, he threw him across the train car before crushing his face with his foot.
After finding the blood and feces in the train after the dog’s beating, the CCTV agents were looking to understand what could have happened. It was while looking over the images captured by the surveillance camera that they came across this chilling scene.
The railway company took the affair to the police and published the information – which quickly went viral – on social media, to find the perpatrator as quickly as possible. The man was arrested and placed under surveilance shortly after.
At the end of November, the accused pleaded guilty before the Chelmsford court, and was sentenced to six months in jail for possesion of a weapon and 21 weeks for animal cruelty, as well as the prohibition of ever owning an animal again. In total, Kieran Milledge will spend the next eight months behind bars.
Steven Maguire, the police officer who arrested the man, declared at the trial:
He is now behind bars and I hope he spends his time in prison reflecting on the cruel way he abused his dog, Ronnie. I’d like to thank the public and the media for their support – clearly they were as horrified as we were by Milledge’s actions and I hope they are satisfied that he has been brought to justice.
It is still unfortunate that the abuse of animals still does not have the same weight as the abuse of humans in legal matters, which explains the comparable light punishment that Kieran Milledge will be facing despite the extreme violence of his act.