A man who beat his two-year-old dog to death has been jailed for 12 weeks and barred from keeping animals for a decade.

Samuel Healy, of Timperley Gardens, Redhill, admitted the animal welfare offence charge at Redhill Magistrates Court last Thursday.

Healy, 27, kicked and punched his female tan mastiff, Puppy, who was unable to recover from her injuries and had to be put to sleep by a vet.

RSPCA Inspector Robert Jackson said: “This was a hugely distressing case. A post mortem showed Puppy suffered extensive injuries caused by blunt trauma used with considerable force.

“The vet said this caused extensive suffering. Puppy did not die quickly.

"The defendant has anger issues and said he was in a rage and very frustrated. He was very penitent afterwards and is seeking treatment for his anger management issues.”

Redhill Magistrates Court also handed Healy a two-year suspended sentence while ordering the offender to perform 100 hours unpaid work.

Healy will pay £500 in legal costs.