A cruel man who beat a dog with a chain has been banned from keeping dogs for five years. 

On March 15 last year police were called over reports that a mastiff was being repeatedly beaten by a man with a chain lead. 

Police attended and seized the dog, named Luger, under the Animal Welfare Act.

Further investigation revealed that the man, 36-year-old Kader Sayah, was not Luger’s owner. 

He claimed he was looking after Luger for a few days, so police returned the dog to its rightful owner. 

On Thursday (February 15) Sayah, of Caledonian Road, Islington, was found guilty of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal. 

At Willesden Magistrates’ Court, Sayah was given an 18-month community order with instructions to complete 20 days of rehabilitation. 

He was also banned from keeping dogs for five years and was told to pay £85 in costs and a £114 surcharge.