Two British police officers face jail over dog abuse

CCTV:Wales,UK:TWO police officers who subjected their pet dogs to “mental terror” were today told they could face jail.

Craig Neil Macleod, 34, and Anja Mason, 29, from Prestatyn, were caught on camera kicking and hitting the animals, a Border Collie pup called Tess and a four-year-old Rottweiler called Snoopy.

At Denbigh Magistrates Court the couple were told they could both lose their jobs when they are sentenced next month.

A neighbour captured shocking footage of the pair using “unneccesary and excessive” violence.

In one shot, Mason is seen to kick the four-month-old Border Collie before throwing it by the scruff of its neck.

In another, Macleod drags the four-year-old Rottweiler Snoopy towards him by its lead, before hitting it on the head.

He also forcefully kicks a dog toy which hits Tess.

In another scene the collie is seen running away as Mason chases it with a stick.

Both dogs’ yelps of distress can be heard on the tape.

On separate occasions the pair are seen to throw water over the dogs.

On Monday, Macleod pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering by subjecting both animals to physical trauma.

And Mason admitted one count of the same charge, against the collie pup Tess.

Magistrates asked for full reports before sentencing on November 24.

Chairwoman of the bench Wendy Gibbs said a custodial sentence could not be ruled out.

“There were several incidents of deliberate ill-treatment and frightening of the dogs,” she said.

“You intentionally caused pain and suffering to both dogs and mental terror to both dogs.”