A jealous ex-boyfriend repeatedly filmed himself abusing his French bulldog, Eiffel, and sent the videos to his ex-girlfriend after finding her photos on a dating site.
John Odah, 51, from Concord in the interior of Sydney, NSW, sent four videos to his ex-girlfriend who let him kick his dog.
“Say hello to mom, that’s good, bend your head, little bastard,” Odah said to Eiffel before kicking the dog on his face, The Daily Telegraph reported.
He claimed to have abused Eiffel for finding his ex-girlfriend on seek.com after returning home from her sister’s funeral in Ireland.
John Odah (photo), 51, from Concord in west Sydney, NSW sent four videos to his ex-girlfriend in late 2019, repeatedly kicking his dog
The second video showed Eiffel sitting outside in the sun before Odah approached and kicked him.
When the dog tried to run away, Odah walked over and kicked him again.
The third video showed Eiffel kicked five times.
Investigators from the RSPCA were notified of the abuse in December 2019, and when they searched Odah’s home, they found Eiffel lying in a puddle of diarrhea.
A study found that Eiffel had several health problems, including blocked blood vessels in the eyes, signs of diarrhea, skin sores on the scrotum, and inflammation and redness between his toes.
He claimed to have abused Eiffel for finding his ex-girlfriend on seek.com (Photo: Eiffel in RSPCA custody)
Odah said he had taken Eiffel to the vet several times for treatment when the dog’s condition continued to deteriorate.
In addition to the physical injuries Eiffel suffered, veterinarians said he also “showed fearful behavior” as a result of the abuse.
“The vet also looked at the images from the perpetrator’s phone and determined that, in the expert’s opinion, the documented abuse would have caused the dog extreme distress and pain and suffering, including extreme mental suffering,” the RSPCA.
He was on anxiety medication and needed supportive anxiety management.
He accepted responsibility for abusing Eiffel in a signed statement filed with the court, saying this happened at a time when he was under business pressure and discovered his ex on a dating website.
“It was during these periods that my self-control was lost and I mistreated my dog. I’m sorry and I didn’t want to hurt him in any way, ”said Odah.
“I accept that by kicking him (with) what I thought were soft kicks, I could show my ex-partner in what state her departure had left both myself and our dog.”
A study found that Eiffel had several health problems, including swollen blood vessels in the eyes, signs of diarrhea, skin ulcers on the scrotum, and inflammation and redness between his toes
Odah pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to two years of community correction.
He has also been banned from owning a dog for two years, but has objected to the sentences as he believes it was too harsh.
Eiffel was taken into custody with the RSPCA.
Aaron Purcell, Deputy Superintendent of RSPCA NSW, said that in the context of domestic violence, animal cruelty is “unfortunately not uncommon.”
“Pets can be used to coerce or threaten a person, and they can become victims of abuse themselves,” Purcell said.
“It is of the utmost importance that we can support people and their pets who leave violent households by providing a safe space for the animals.
“And where possible, give abused animals a voice in the courts when violence has been committed against them.”