A man has been banned from keeping animals for the rest of his life after he was filmed beating his friend’s dog with a plank of wood, mop and a shovel. Boston, an American bulldog, cowered against a fence as Laurence Skelson, 63, hit and intimidate the dog with the different weapons.

A neighbour filmed him carrying out the horrific attack in his back garden in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. Skelson has now been banned from keeping dogs and ordered to pay £300 in costs and fined £120 plus a £30 victim surcharge. He pleased guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court to failing to meet the needs of an American bulldog but not ensuring his need to exhibit normal behaviour patterns by the use of inappropriate chastisement methods.

Boston did not suffer any lasting physical injuries and is now in the care of his owner. After sentencing on January 12 RSPCA Inspector Alison Edwards said: ‘It really is heartbreaking to watch the video and see in one of the clips that Boston was not in any way acting aggressively.

‘In fact quite the opposite, he was behaving in a submissive way by trying to get away from the man and lying on his side, but is still subjected to being jabbed in the neck with a large wooden plank. ‘This was a totally unnecessary way of treating this poor dog. ‘I am just grateful that poor Boston did not suffer any lasting physical injuries as a result of this unwarranted incident. ‘I hope this sentence sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour against animals will not be tolerated by the courts.’