Man filmed kicking dog on the Gold Coast charged with animal cruelty

A MAN who was caught on camera brutally booting his dog at a beach on the Gold Coast has now been charged.

The RSPCA seized ‘Rocky’ the blue staffy on Tuesday after shocking footage emerged of him being kicked by his owner at Palm Beach Parklands on Monday.

Following investigations, Rocky’s owner, a 32-year-old man from Reedy Creek, was formally charged with one count of animal cruelty on Thursday.


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Video of the incident shows the man haul Rocky off the back of his black Holden ute before violently kicking him, causing him to spin around in the air while still attached to his lead.

A local woman who filmed the shocking scenes said she started filming the man after she watched him get out of his ute and allegedly punch Rocky in the head.

“The poor dog was just super excited about being at the beach,” the woman said.

(Source: Facebook)

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The woman said she had to stop herself from stepping in and saying something because she had her baby daughter with her and “the guy seemed pretty aggressive”.

“My blood was boiling,” she said. “I made it very clear to him when he noticed me I was filming him in disgust.”

Instead, the woman reported the incident to the RSPCA and posted the cringe-worthy vision to Facebook where it has been viewed by millions of people around the world.

The footage triggered a public outcry, with tens of thousands of people from right across Australia calling for the RSPCA to take action.

The next day, Rocky was seized by RSPCA inspectors and transported to its animal care centre at Wacol where he remains this afternoon, pending the result of the investigation.

His owner will face Southport Magistrates Court next month, charged with one count of animal cruelty.

RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said it was now up to the courts to decide whether Rocky would be re-homed, or returned to his owner.

Mr Beatty said Rocky was in “great condition” and appeared to have been fed well by his owner.

He said a second dog in the footage seen being handled by a woman was also checked by RSPCA inspectors on Tuesday, but was in good health and did not belong to the man, so was not seized.

In total, the RSPCA said it received 50 calls and 22 emails about Monday’s incident at Palm Beach.

An online petition calling for the RSPCA to “charge the coward who abused his staffy” had attracted more than 52,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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Diane McGhie

Poor dog,it doesn’t matter how well fed he is,this type of cruelty has to be stopped. The man should be banned from owning dogs.

Nigel
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Nigel

Now all the authorities have to do is follow-thru with the charges.
Make an example of him.
Or will it just be pushed under the carpet & never heard about again ?

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I could not believe this when i saw it the day it happened. A friend posted it who lives in the area.Low life scumbags THEY are.
I JUST WANT TO SIGN THE DAMN THING!
WHERE??? JOIN ME UP PLZ.

DIANE STIFT
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DIANE STIFT

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THIS DOG BACK TO THIS MAN!!!! HE WILL TAKE OUT HIS FRUSTRATION OF BEING ARRESTED ON THE POOR BABY!!!