Alleged puppy torturer caught on camera

VIDEO footage of a teenage boy allegedly torturing a puppy at Casino last week was handed to police by his mother, Lismore Children's Court has heard.

The 17-year-old faced the court yesterday via video-link from Grafton's Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre charged with torture, beating and causing prolonged suffering to an animal.

Police allege he punched and choked a seven-month-old Labrador- cross/Great Dane puppy and hit it with rocks before throwing the dog off a balcony last Thursday.

The boy's solicitor applied for him to be bailed to his father's address at Stockton, near Newcastle, where there were no animals.

His solicitor suggested a condition of his bail could be that he was not to come into contact with animals.

The court heard the boy's mother and his girlfriend had taken out apprehended violence orders against him since the attack, preventing him going to the address where the alleged offence occurred.

The prosecution strongly opposed bail, citing "a very disturbing set of facts".

Magistrate David Heilpern said the boy's mother had installed CCTV cameras outside her home which captured the alleged attack that occurred between 9.08am and 9.39am.

He said after the boy's mother and his girlfriend watched the video footage they gave it to police.

"This extends over a 30-minute period of what can only be described as torture," Mr Heilpern said.

The boy was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court next month.


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