Drunken 'animal lover' kicked dog 18 times in Lincoln street
A woman who repeatedly kicked her dog so hard her shoe came off has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Samantha Baxter, 41, of Alness Close, Birchwood, aimed up to 18 kicks at her brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the vicinity of Oakwood Avenue on October 17 last year.
She pleaded guilty to the charge at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on February 6.
Baxter was seen by a member of the public arguing in the road with a male who was holding the dog. She aimed a kick at the dog which was followed by a series of blows.
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The male moved on to the pavement where Baxter continued to kick out at the dog.
The animal was heard yelping with each kick, arching its back in pain.
Prosecuting, Rachel Taylor said: "A member of the public saw her kicking the dog and he called the police.
"He described it as a hard kick and said she appeared to be very angry.
"He followed her and the male to the Birchwood leisure centre and, as the police had not arrived, he took the dog from the male.
"He took the dog home with him and called the RSPCA."
An RSPCA inspector attempted to visit Baxter on the day of the incident, but there was no answer.
Contact was made five days later, when Baxter agreed to sign over the dog to the charity. It was inspected by a vet and despite suffering no injuries from the abuse, it would have experienced mental suffering and significant pain.
In mitigation, Tony Freitas said: "It was an impulsive act which she regrets.
"She was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident and was having a row with her partner.
"The first kick was aimed at her partner, but she missed and kicked the dog.
"Her father had died around that time as had a dog she had owned for eight and a half years. It was a combination of events which just boiled up.
"She agreed to sign over the dog because she didn't want to cause it anymore suffering by being kept in kennels.
"She is an animal lover and is devastated at her actions."
The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be written.
Baxter will be sentenced at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on February 26.