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Dog Walker Receives Sentence for Throwing Spaniel Against Wall

Luke Cobb, 38, caught on camera abusing dog in Brighton.

A Brighton man has been sentenced for a disturbing act of animal cruelty. Luke Cobb, 38, of Avondale Road in Eastbourne, was captured on camera hitting a dog’s head against a wall outside a Brighton address on 13 November 2023. The footage led to his arrest later that day.

Cobb, who owned a dog walking business, had been entrusted with the care of the pet, named Stan. Following the incident, Cobb admitted to the act and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges on 21 March 2024.

At his sentencing on Friday, 31 May, Brighton Magistrates’ Court ordered Cobb to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and complete 10 activity days. He was also required to pay a £114 victim surcharge and £85 in costs. Additionally, Cobb received a 12-month ban from owning, keeping, or having control of any animal.

The officer leading the case, PC Sam Cooper, said:

“The video evidence in this case was deeply distressing, profoundly impacting those who saw the footage of his disturbing actions.

“Luke Cobb betrayed the trust placed in him to care for and protect Stan the dog.

“We extend our gratitude to the witnesses who played a crucial role in holding Cobb accountable for his actions.

“Animal abuse will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be brought to justice.”

When asked about the case, RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley said:

“We supported Sussex Police with their investigation, and we are pleased that thankfully Stanley the dog hasn’t suffered ongoing physical effects from the incident.

“Looking after animals is a privilege and this was an upsetting breach of trust from Mr Cobb who was responsible for the welfare of dogs in his care.

“The Magistrates found this to be a serious and deliberate matter causing Stanley to suffer pain and the sentence reflects that the behaviour towards animals seen in the video won’t be tolerated.”

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