An experienced dog trainer has been fined in court for repeatedly punching a puppy in the head after it badly bit him.
33-year-old Basil Embry was trying to show his six-month-old American Staffordshire cross the hole it had dug in the backyard when it bit his arm several times, causing him to bleed.
Embry told the Perth Magistrates Court that he wanted to punish the puppy.
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He admitted that punching it three to four times was going too far.
Embry was fined just $2000 and banned from owning an animal for three years.