Paignton man in court on dog cruelty charge
A MAN accused of hitting his dog’s head against a post and kicking it has appeared in court in Torquay.
Russell O’Conner, of New Street, Paignton, is also accused of allowing his out-of-control Rottweiler ‘Vinny’ to bite people.
O’Conner faces six charges said to have happened on four different dates in May and July of this year.
It is alleged that on May 10 O’Conner caused the animal unnecessary suffering.
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On the same day it is said that he allowed the dog to be dangerously out of control on Palace Avenue and that it bit a woman.
He is further charged that on three occasions in July the dog was out of control on New Street and the Promenade in Goodrington and that it bit three more people.
O’Conner was not required to enter a plea during a short hearing at Torquay Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
District Judge Diana Baker adjourned the case to November 1.
O’Conner will next appear at Exeter Crown Court.
He was granted unconditional bail until then.