Punish Boxer Seen Punching Dog on Video


Target: The Northumbria Crown Prosecution Service Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerry Wareham

Goal: Demand that boxer who allegdly punched his dog in the street be banned from owning animals for life.

An ex-professional boxer allegedly repeatedly punched his dog in the street. The incident was filmed by Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and shows Paul Quarmby using a cashpoint and then starting to walk away. When his Alaskan Malamute dog Ajax hesitated to follow, Quarmby apparently dragged him by his leash, kicked him and then reached down to hold the dog by his collar with his left hand and punch him hard in the head three times.

The dog has thankfully recovered from the assault and is now in the custody of the man’s former partner. Quarmby was given community service and asked to pay court costs but was not given any jail time. He is banned from keeping dogs for 18 months.

As a point of comparison, a man charged last year for punching a painting in an art gallery was given a six-year prison sentence. No logic can justify putting the interests of an inanimate object over those of a sentient being. Under U.K. law, a person keeping a pet—whether permanently or temporarily—is required to ensure that the animal be “protected from pain, suffering [and] injury,” among other things. In this case, Ajax was subjected to all three.

As the co-founder of the RSPCA Richard Martin rightly stated, “If legislation to protect animals is to be effective, it must be adequately enforced.” While allowing people guilty of animal abuse to own pets in the future puts animals at risk, it also spreads the harmful message that hurting an animal is not a serious offense. Quarmby should never be allowed to own another pet. Sign this petition demanding that this man be banned from keeping animals for life.


Dear Chief Wareham,

Paul Quarmby, a former professional boxer, was caught on CCTV footage apparently punching his pet dog Ajax in the street. Footage apparently shows the man dragging and kicking the Alaskan Malamute before hitting him with three heavy punches. Following the assault, Quarmby has been banned for keeping dogs for 18 months.

Thankfully, Ajax has recovered from the incident, but it might not have been the case. This innocent animal was brutally punched for hesitating to walk. Animals should not bear the brunt of human moods and emotions. The only way to improve legislation to protect animals from abuse and ensure its effectiveness is to properly enforce it on a case-by-case basis.

Handing one man such a low sentence for punching a dog spreads the harmful message that hurting an animal is not a violent crime that will be adequately punished under the law. Quarmby should not be given the opportunity to endanger another animal. I urge you to extend his 18-month ban on keeping dogs to a lifetime prohibition.


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  1. What an animal can the guy be compared to to express how repulsive he is? Excuse all animals!

  2. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Very rarely does the punishment fit the crime when it comes to abusing animals. This world is Hell on Earth for most animals and my heart aches for all those in the Animal Kingdom who fall victim to torture and murder at the hands of humans. Not one creature deserves to be treated like this. Not one…

  3. Jean-Louis Rubens says:


  4. Throw Paul Quarmby in jail for a much longer term — otherwise the imbecile will repeat his cruelty & abuse of animals — make the idiot pay seriously for his crime otherwise there WILL BE repeats, which WE do NOT want! — Paul Quarmby & the rest of society’s abusers are a danger to us all, a danger to animals as well as humans — We must protect our animals from all forms of abuse — we must be their voice — animals should always be under the care of those who respect & love them — animals deserve nothing less — let’s ensure sweet Ajax remains in a loving & caring environment — PAUL QUARMBY SHOULD NEVER OWN ANIMALS — PLACE THIS IDIOT ON A LIST BANNING HIM PERMANENTLY FROM OWNING ANIMALS.

  5. Alice Cheang says:

    18 months and he is free to own another pet? Do you seriously think that this violent and cruel animal abuser will repent and be good to his future pet??? Please ban him from keeping pet forever!!!

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