Greater Manchester Police officer sacked for punching a puppy

He shouted at five-month-old Frank for defecating in the house, before repeatedly punching him

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 3rd May 2023

A Greater Manchester Police officer has been sacked after admitting an animal cruelty offence, following a video that showed him punching a puppy.

Police Sergeant Martin Dunn admitted gross misconduct at an independent disciplinary panel and has been dismissed without notice.

The sickening video shared by the Manchester Evening News shows him approaching the puppy, a five-month-old Springer Spaniel called Frank, in a garden after the young dog had defecated in the house.

After shouting ‘you b****rd’, Dunn is then seen to punch the puppy several times, while the dog yelps and cries.

The horrible incident in March 2021 was filmed by a neighbour and reported to the police.


He had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary harm to an animal contrary to the Animal Welfare Act at Leeds Magistrates’ Court in April 2021.

Martin Dunn has been sacked after a video emerged of him punching a puppy. Credit: Facebook

Dunn received a sentence that included a community order requiring 120 hours of unpaid work and a ban from keeping animals for five years.


Since the incident was reported and investigated by West Yorkshire Police, he had been on restricted duties.

More than 20,000 people had signed a petition calling for Dunn to be sacked from the force.

Chief Superintendent Michael Allen, Head of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “Greater Manchester Police expects the highest standards of conduct from its officers, both on and off duty, and Dunn’s actions clearly fell far short of these standards.


“The vast majority of police officers and staff fulfil their duties in serving the public to the highest standard and demonstrate exemplary behaviour in their private lives.

“Public trust and confidence in the police is vital and GMP does not underestimate the importance of officers and staff demonstrating the highest standards of professional behaviour towards not only members of the public but also to animals.

“Having a criminal conviction for animal cruelty makes Dunn wholly unsuitable to continue serving as a police officer and his cruelty towards Frank the dog is ultimately why he has lost his job.

“Dunn’s actions, which have rightly been condemned by the public and his colleagues, bring the profession into disrepute and damage the confidence the public has in police officers.

“I would like to thank West Yorkshire Police, who investigated this case criminally, and, working with the Crown Prosecution Service, secured the conviction at criminal court.


“GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has a responsibility to hold policing to account, taking action where misconduct is identified, and under new management this work is now accelerating, focusing both on legacy cases and new reports.”

Martin Dunn’s defence said he ‘unreservedly accepted the allegations’ and that it was an isolated incident.

Paul Forster, the chairman of the independent panel, said the decision had been reached to ‘maintain public confidence in the police service’.

He added: “Hearings like this are about the individual but also about much more, with bigger and wider considerations in play.

“Therefore, the most appropriate outcome is dismissal without notice.”


How to report animal cruelty

If you see, or suspect, that a person may be treating an animal badly, whether this is physical violence, neglect or any other form of cruelty, they should be reported to the RSPCA at

Reports can be made to 0300 1234 999. The call will cost the same as any call to a UK landline number.

To find out more about animal cruelty crimes or to report an incident, there is a guide on the GMP website:

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