DAMNING footage from a mobile phone landed an animal abuser in the Charleville Magistrates Court on Monday where he plead guilty to one count of animal cruelty .
The 28-year-old local man, Zack Allan Kinivan, was caught on camera on June 25 dragging his Bull Arab-cross dog by the collar and hitting it across the nose before locking it in a covered shelter.
In court, his legal representative argued Mr Kinivan was trying to correct the animal's behaviour after the dog had pulled clothes from a clothesline.
"Imagine if Mr Kinivan was flogged every time he didn't obey," Magistrate James Blanch said.
The magistrate noted Mr Kinivan had a history of violence, mostly directed towards other people.
At the time of his court appearance, Mr Kinivan was already on parole after spending time in jail for assault.
"You are a very stupid man," Magistrate Blanch said.
"I thought you would have been trying to keep your nose clean."
In the animal cruelty case, a Biosecurity officer from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had filmed the incident and reported the defendant to police.
Magistrate Blanch ordered Mr Kinivan to pay a $2500 fine and a conviction was recorded.
"This has been an expensive episode for being an idiot," Magistrate Blanch said.