Magistrate Gillian Allison said: "Having taken into account the previous good character of the defendant and that he acted proportionately at the beginning of the incident, I find that a conditional discharge is an appropriate punishment.
"I don't believe he has ever shown anything other than being a caring owner of an animal but the aggravating circumstances are that Dougal is dead and the mitigating circumstances are that Mr Jones-Reid acted impulsively to defend his own dog in a fast-moving highly-charged incident.
"Witnesses gave credible and consistent testimonies which confirm that Mr Jones-Reid was out of control during the incident.
"Dougal bit Monty and the first kick was justified. After a second kick Dougal released his hold.
"But a third kick ruptured Dougal's spleen and because of that we find that Dougal suffered unnecessarily.
"Monty was not shaken and we understand recovered fully four days later.
"Mr Jones-Reid was heard saying 'that dog bit mine so I kicked the f*** out of it'.
"Jones-Reid left the scene quickly without concern and not acting like a reasonable humane person under the circumstances.
"This evidence was a clear factor leading to our verdict."I've been waiting for the conclusion to this tale for a while...
The group walked a mile to their car and took Monty to a free veterinary clinic in Gillingham, where he was treated.I wonder why a company director would need to avail himself of free services, meant for those without means..?
RSPCA prosecutor Mrs Lewington called for Jones-Reid to be banned from keeping animals and pay £20,416.81 in costs.
But his solicitor, Nigel Weller, successfully argued: "I don't think it's appropriate that any disqualification order be made.
"There's no suggestion in this case that Mr Jones-Reid is incapable of looking after his own dog.
"In that split second he made a third kick unnecessarily and I think a conditional discharge and penalty costs are a more appropriate punishment."I wonder if he'll pay them, or plead poverty and demand leniency? It's what bullying cowardly thugs usually do, when up against someone bigger than themselves.