Thugs bunny: Man avoids jail for for filming himself kicking rabbit across field
A man who filmed himself kicking a rabbit across a field while drunk has been handed a suspended jail sentence.
Zamual Mallinson, 24, of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was initially investigated by the RSPCA after posting on Facebook that he had trained his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.
His phone was also seized during a search where the clip of Mallinson kicking the wild rabbit like a football was found. He is then heard laughing in the background.
Mallinson was found guilty of three animal welfare offences after a three day trial at Lincoln Magistrates' Court and was banned from keeping dogs for 10 years and given a 12 week sentence, suspended for a year.
He was ordered to pay a fine of £7,000, a victim surcharge of £80 and has to complete 140 hours of unpaid work.
The RSPCA said Mallinson claimed he was drunk at the time of the incident.
Chief inspector Ian Briggs, of the RSPCA's special operations unit, said: "Our investigation was initially focused on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.
"The district judge was clearly unimpressed by Mallinson's behaviour. By stopping him from keeping dogs for the next 10 years, we hope it will prevent cruelty to other animals that could otherwise have been caused pain and suffering purely for the sickening entertainment of this man."