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Exmouth Couple Who Tossed Dog Into Sea Convicted By Passing Photographer

by | 10th, November 2011

TO DEVON, where John Nesbitt, 62, and Linda Jones, 51, both of Summer Close, have been spotted tossing their pet dog Jess off the end of the concrete Mamhead Slipway. The dog was unhurt. But someone took a photo. The RSPCA saw it. And so it is that the couple were ordered before Exeter Magistrates Court. There, an RSPCA vet said the pictures suggested that Jess could have suffered spinal injuries from twisting through the air, and facial injuries from hitting the water “.

Prosecutor Clifford Howard said the water appeared to be shallow. He tells the court:

“They’re standing on a white line which says 15 metres to end, which I think indicates there’s another 15 metres of concrete before it drops off. The water immediately in front of where they were standing has concrete underneath. They were throwing their dog into shallow water, and potentially solid concrete.”

RSPCA vet David Cooper adds:

“Based on the photographs, [the incident] could have caused fear and distress to the dog, and could potentially have caused very serious injury.”

The couple were not in court. They say they were trying to cool down their pet.

Jones said:

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