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Bowls captain swung pet puppy by its tail around his head for straying onto green



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:16 PM on 02nd October 2009



article-1217607-06A8716C000005DC-72_233x477.jpg Fined: Christopher Broadhurst, pictured arriving at court, swung a puppy around by its tail after it wandered onto his bowling green mid-match


A bowls captain swung a puppy around by its tail after it wandered onto his pristine green while he was playing a match.


Christopher Broadhurst, 63, hurled Wellington, a four-month-old Labradoodle, around three times after he strayed onto the neatly-trimmed grass.


He was captaining his team during a home match at Teddington Bowls Club in Surrey at the time of the incident, Richmond Magistrates' Court was told yesterday.

Broadhurst, a part-time company book-keeper, admitted the attack and was fined.


The court heard how Julia Reynolds, her three-year-old daughter Yasmine and Wellington were walking in the park around the bowling green, just yards from their home, when the incident took place.


Prosecutor Jackie Franks said: 'The dog was off the lead at the time and it wandered onto the bowling green. It wasn't running or barking.


'The defendant picked the dog up and he swung it. Witnesses described it as being in a hammer-style throwing action.

'The owner saw this happen and shouted to the defendant. The defendant shouted back that the dog should be on a lead.


'She asked the defendant for his details but he refused to give them until the end of the game.'

Wellington was taken to see a vet, who found no lasting damage had been caused.


Broadhurst voluntarily attended Teddington police station in Surrey, where he was arrested and interviewed under caution.


He said he had tried to restrain the dog but missed his grasp and grabbed its tail during the incident, on July 26 this year.


article-1217607-06A86CFA000005DC-523_468x501.jpg Girl's best friend: Yasmine Reynolds, three, witnessed Broadhurst's attack on four-month-old Labradoodle puppy Wellington


He was later charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, under sections four and 32 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.


The charge specified he had swung the dog 'at least three times'.


Eirug Roberts, defending, said the incident happened at a 'crucial stage' of competition, two-and-a-half hours into the match.







'Initially he tries to grab the dog's collar,' Mr Roberts said. 'Unfortunately he grabs the dog's tail.


'It's quite a large puppy and the defendant thought when he picked it up it would be quite heavy but he realised it was quite light.


'His only intention was to get the dog off the bowling green. He was also concerned that the dog would defecate on the green.'


article-1217607-06AB9591000005DC-47_468x286.jpg Picturesque: The incident took place at Teddington Bowls Club when Wellington wandered onto the green


Mr Roberts added: 'Mr Broadhurst stated that he did not intend to maltreat the dog but agreed that by grabbing the dog by the tail it was likely to cause unnecessary suffering but it was not done intentionally.'

Broadhurst had already suffered as a result of his actions, he added, as the defendant was publicly shamed when somebody cut an article about the incident out of the local paper and pinned it to the bowls club, adding offensive comments to it.


Ms Reynolds had also contacted the English Bowls Association, calling for Broadhurst to be suspended or dismissed from the Teddington club.


'That has caused this defendant a great deal of distress and has exacerbated the anxiety and stress from this incident,' said Mr Roberts.


Magistrates' chairman Frank Lyness told Broadhurst, of Teddington, that the appropriate punishment was a fine of £120. He also ordered him to pay £70 towards court costs and a further £15 in a victim surcharge.

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Guest howyousawtheworld

Stupid old bastard playing his old man sport. If I saw someone do that I'd go over to the person and kick them where he sun don't shine.

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