Dagenham man avoids jail after machete dog attack
PUBLISHED: 18:30 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:43 28 April 2016
A man has avoided jail after he was found guilty of attacking a dog with a machete.
Michael Porter, of Fuller Road, Dagenham, was yesterday handed a sentence of 22 weeks, suspended for one year, after neglecting his own terminally ill pet and violently assaulting a dog in his care.
Appearing at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court, the 52-year-old was banned from ever owning a dog again.
Porter was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work, after his lodger witnessed him hitting the Shar Pei in his care, Sam, with a pole and seriously injuring it with a knife on September 14 last year.
He pleaded not guilty to three counts of animal cruelty, but was found guilty of causing and failing to prevent unnecessary suffering of the animal, and not ensuring its welfare.
Porter had previously pleaded guilty to a fourth charge of not ensuring the welfare of his own pet Candy’s welfare, despite the fact the border collie was dying.
He was ordered to pay £765 in compensation and a victim surcharge of £80.