A Chinese university student was handed a ban on owning animals for five years by an Australian court after footage emerged of him violently hitting and kicking his pet dog.
In July of last year, 25-year-old university student Xudong Zhang was filmed on the balcony of his apartment beating his white Samoyed with a coat hanger, causing the animal to yelp in pain.
The footage shows Zhang hitting the dog three times, placing a collar around its neck, putting some material over its muzzle and then chaining the dog to the handrail.
He hits the dog seven times on the back of the head, each time the dog can be heard yelping and is seen to writhe in pain.
As the poor dog attempts to follow Zhang into the apartment from the calcony, Zhang opens the door again and lands a kick square on the dog’s head.
The footage was sent to the RSPCA the next day and the dog taken by inspectors. During an interview which took place three days later, Zhang revealed that he had been punishing the dog after it had damaged some furniture.
Matt Ward, Zhang’s lawyer, said there was no visible harm to the dog and that his client deeply regretted his actions. Zhang, who had just graduated with a degree in mining engineering, had also written letters of apology to the RSPCA.
The court ruled that the animal should be taken into care by the RSPCA and Zhang banned from owning or possessing animals of any sort for five years.
Watch the cruel footage here:
[Images via The Sydney Morning Herald // Video via Youtube]
By Kitty Lai