Jonathan Bloomfield, a 36-year-old man living in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire UK, had gotten a taste of vigilante justice back in October when a group of at least 50 angry people showed up after viewing a video of him cruelly abusing his dog, Butch. Source.
The video taken by Michael Currie and then posted on Facebook was used as evidence in the animal cruelty charges against Bloomfield. The video showed Bloomfield coming outside several times, kicking Butch and then grabbing him by the neck and punching him directly in the face. It isn’t clear whether it was Bloomfield or his partner, but someone opened the door and beat Butch with a pole as well. (Bloomfield denied he was the one with the pole.)
The video of the abuse is provided here, but it’s hard to watch. Butch cowers in fear from the repeated attacks, and even cowers just from the door being opened. It’s clear this innocent dog just wanted to come in from the outside and be part of the family.
Bloomfield claimed many excuses for the beatings, stating he was “training” Butch, that Butch had bitten his son when the boy had taken some potato chips away from him, and that he was tired of his barking. Clearly Butch knew he’d be hurt when the door opened, giving a clear indication this abuse had gone on for a long time and wasn’t just things “coming to a head”, as Bloomfield claimed. Source.
Bloomfield confessed to 2 counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 260 hours of unpaid work and to pay £100 in costs. Also, he is not to have any animals for the next 15 years.
Bloomfield now says that he should be compensated for the “invasion of privacy” from the video. He is quoted as saying:
“If my neighbour had concerns, he should have got in touch with the RSPCA, not make videos of my family and put them on Facebook and YouTube. I will be seeking the advice of a solicitor and should be compensated for the invasion of privacy which has left my family homeless and denied my young son a better future.” Source.
In cases of animal cruelty, the animals have no voice to be able to tell what’s been done to them. Videos of the abuse are paramount as far as evidence is concerned, since they shows incontrovertible proof of the acts, as was the case here.
Clearly people are growing weary of the lax and weak laws related to the abuse of animals and this time took matters into their own hands. Hopefully the courts will see the necessity of videos such as this one, and not award Bloomfield a thing. Awarding money to an abuser punishes the wrong people. Those with the courage to take the videos will be deterred from doing so and it’s the animals who will suffer in the end.
Butch had been taken into the care of the RSPCA on the day of the incident, where it’s hoped now he can find a home where he’s given the love and attention that he deserves.
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