A cruel dog owner has pleaded guilty to violently handling his cocker spaniel after dashcam footage captured him punching the pet in public.

Gregory Phillips, 40, was seen striking the dog at the back of his car, which was parked outside a convenience store on Pentre Street, Glynneath, Neath, south Wales, in March.

A passing motorist captured his vile act on camera. It shows the helpless pooch being hurled into the boot.

The incident unfolds when Phillips returns to his car with a crate of beer and his brown cocker spaniel jumps out.

He grabs his dog by the collar and quickly slaps its face a few times before picking it up.

Gregory Phillips violently slapped his dog when he saw it jumping off his car
Gregory Phillips violently slapped his dog when he saw it jumping off his car

As soon as he opens the car boot, a white bulldog jumps out of the vehicle and Philips shoves the cocker spaniel inside and repeatedly punches.

Passers-by can be heard hooting the car horn and shouting at him to stop.

Phillips pleaded guilty to the Animal Welfare Act offence and was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates' Court.

He was given a 12-month community order and told to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

He grabbed the cocker spaniel by the collar and shoved it into his car boot and threw punches at it
He grabbed the cocker spaniel by the collar and shoved it into his car boot and threw punches at it

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: "In broad daylight and with people all around, this poor dog was beaten by his owner – who clearly had no regard for his legal responsibilities towards his animal.

"Fortunately, the dash-cam footage helped us to identify this individual and ensure we could take action.

"Clearly, this is no way to treat an animal and thankfully, the vast majority of people across South Wales and beyond will be shocked by this footage, and the beating this poor cocker spaniel was subjected to."