A QUEENSLAND man convicted of "sexualised acts" with a puppy ought to have been banned from owning a dog for life, according to RSPCA Queensland.
Blackwater miner Darren Lee Jolley this week copped a $500 fine and a two-year ban from owning a dog after police discovered a video on his phone showing him performing the disgusting acts with the staffy.
RSPCA Queensland's Michael Beatty described the acts as "very disturbing", "gross" and questioned whether Jolley ought to have faced bestiality charges.
In fact, Jolley faced an earlier bestiality charge. It is unclear why the charge was later downgraded to breaching a duty of care with the dog.
Mr Beatty said the crime was "obviously very, very disturbing".
"You would have to think from the way it was described, the man could have been up on a bestiality charge, in which case the fine might have been greater," he said.
"Certainly from a moral and community expectation point of view, it sounds abhorrent."
Mr Beatty said while the RSPCA hoped magistrates would deliver tougher punishments against animal abusers, often they relied on precedents that were equally soft.
He said the RSPCA would have supported Jolley being forced to seek psychiatric help by the courts, and that he be banned from owning a dog for life.
The court was told two videos and three images, all taken in August last year showed Jolley would "handle the pup a certain way by arousing it".
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