A MAN was ordered to surrender his dog to the RSPCA after being convicted of hitting the animal.
Mark Green, 35, of St Edmunds Close, Stamford, was convicted following a trial at Grantham magistrates court on Wednesday.
He was found guilty of hitting his black German Shepherd Rocky on December 11, 2011 and of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog on December 15, 2011.
Green was given a two-year conditional discharge, a deprivation order to give the dog to the RSPCA and was told to pay £300 costs.
He was not banned from keeping animals due to mitigating circumstances involving medical issues.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs enlisted the help of Mercury readers after receiving reports of a dog being hit.
After the trial he said: “I received a call on December 11 from a couple of girls about someone punching a dog around the head.
“Thanks to an appeal in the Mercury further witnesses came forward that week.
“An investigation was brought and charges made.”