Mansfield man threw his dog over a fence and 'booted' it
A Mansfield man who told his dog he didn't love it any more before chucking it over a fence and kicking it was too ‘distressed’ to turn up for his trial at court.
Paul Boath denied two allegations of inflicting trauma and violence on Millie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, after he previously pleaded guilty to failing to provide ‘necessary veterinary care for her chronic pain’.
His solicitor, Arjun Madahar, told magistrates in Nottingham that Boath was in ‘a distressed state’ and refused to come to court on Wednesday.
After a lengthy delay, the trial went ahead in his absence and prosecutor Andy Cash opened the case.
A neighbour told the court he heard Boath shouting at the dog ‘I don't love you any more’, before throwing it over a fence at his home on the Bellamy Road estate on Saturday, October 19 2019.
When the neighbour touched the dog lightly, she started ‘moaning and whining’.
"It was definitely in pain," he said. "I felt bad for it."
The RSPCA wascalled, he said, and Boath later came out of the house with a knife in one hand and a glass of whisky in the other.
Another neighbour confirmed to magistrates that she saw Boath ‘boot’ the dog.
Boath, 53, of Willoughby Court, Mansfield, admitted failing to provide proper and necessary veterinary care and attention for the causes of Millie's chronic pain, on January 12.
He was convicted of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after magistrates ruled the evidence of both witnesses was ‘credible’.
A warrant for his arrest was ordered.