Man pictured throwing dog into Hove waves speaks out

RUFF TREATMENT? Scott Meredith

PLAYTIME: Scott and his uncle's dog Meredith

SCANDAL: The picture which sparked the police investigation

First published in News by , Chief reporter

The man photographed throwing a dog into the sea has dismissed fears of animal cruelty by saying the animal loves it.

Scott Meredith, 22, of Manor Close, Southwick, was pictured by a passer-by hurling a Staffordshire terrier-cross into the water near Hove Lawns.

Police and the RSPCA launched an investigation into whether his actions constituted animal cruelty.

But unemployed Mr Meredith said: “I don’t know what all the fuss is about.

He said he only threw his cousin Adam’s dog Cassie into the sea because she was scared to follow his own dog Missy into the waves.

Mr Meredith said: “Missy jumped straight in. Cassie was yelling and itching to get in but the waves were up a little which put her off.

“So I picked her up with one hand under her neck and the other holding her belly and threw her.

“She loves it and once in the water she was fine. She wasn’t hurt and I only threw her in the once.

I’m not worried about the police or RSPCA because I haven’t done anything wrong.

“The pictures look like I m throwing the dog high but only the angle of the photo makes it look like that.

“Even when I was pulling the dog out of the water, I wasn’t being cruel. I was just stopping her from crossing on to a beach where dogs are banned.”

Mr Meredith’s uncle, who would only give his name as Danny, said the dogs were loved and well looked after.

He said: “I have been down there with the dogs. Where that groyne is, one side is 4ft high and the other side 10ft high.

“From where the picture was taken it does look a bit bad. But I know Scott and I know the dogs.

“I have taken them down there myself and they are perfectly well treated. If the police were that concerned, why haven’t they spoken to him?”

Police said they were investigating the incident last week, but have not yet spoken to Mr Meredith.

PC Lisa Timerick said she had looked at the pictures and would be taking witness statements before taking matters any further.

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10:14am Mon 18 May 09

Osama bin there says...

No dog called Meredith in the story, so why is the photo captioned 'Scott and his uncle's dog Meredith'?
I think it's called Cassie and it's a horrible chav dog.
No dog called Meredith in the story, so why is the photo captioned 'Scott and his uncle's dog Meredith'? I think it's called Cassie and it's a horrible chav dog. Osama bin there
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10:15am Mon 18 May 09

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS
What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS PETE OF QUEENS PARK
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10:37am Mon 18 May 09

davyboy says...

how does he know the dog likes it? is he a modern-day dr doolittle who talks to animals??
how does he know the dog likes it? is he a modern-day dr doolittle who talks to animals?? davyboy
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10:44am Mon 18 May 09

chris@chrisgray.net says...

this is a wast of police time.My dog loves being thrown into the sea and will come back again and again for me to do it.. Of course i would never endanger my dog and do it if it was unsafe.
this is a wast of police time.My dog loves being thrown into the sea and will come back again and again for me to do it.. Of course i would never endanger my dog and do it if it was unsafe. chris@chrisgray.net
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10:49am Mon 18 May 09

maxiboy says...

I agree, what a waste of police time. My dog loves it when I throw him off Beachy Head into the sea. I only ever did this once though-to much time to go and fetch him.
I agree, what a waste of police time. My dog loves it when I throw him off Beachy Head into the sea. I only ever did this once though-to much time to go and fetch him. maxiboy
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10:53am Mon 18 May 09

jyan says...

Would the owner 'love' being thrown into the sea?
Would the owner 'love' being thrown into the sea? jyan
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10:54am Mon 18 May 09

Cry Me A River says...

chav.
chav. Cry Me A River
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11:15am Mon 18 May 09

Jim BB says...

maxiboy wrote:
I agree, what a waste of police time. My dog loves it when I throw him off Beachy Head into the sea. I only ever did this once though-to much time to go and fetch him.
Ooh, you are naughty!

My dog hates getting his feet wet, won't even go into puddles, let alone the sea.
[quote][p][bold]maxiboy[/bold] wrote: I agree, what a waste of police time. My dog loves it when I throw him off Beachy Head into the sea. I only ever did this once though-to much time to go and fetch him.[/p][/quote]Ooh, you are naughty! My dog hates getting his feet wet, won't even go into puddles, let alone the sea. Jim BB
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11:33am Mon 18 May 09

horace morris says...

What's all the fuss about? my dear old grandad, god bless him, used to throw me into the sea for fun when I was a lad.
I had great fun getting out of the sack, swimming a mile or so to shore then chasing grandad's car as he accelerated away at speed! Sometimes when I eventually got back home he'd moved house, yes he would do anything for a joke would grandad!
What's all the fuss about? my dear old grandad, god bless him, used to throw me into the sea for fun when I was a lad. I had great fun getting out of the sack, swimming a mile or so to shore then chasing grandad's car as he accelerated away at speed! Sometimes when I eventually got back home he'd moved house, yes he would do anything for a joke would grandad! horace morris
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12:10pm Mon 18 May 09

BiggerH says...

what sort of man:-

a. throws defenceless animals into the sea, and

b. wears a pink polo shirt?

perhaps he should spend more time looking for a job, rather than mucking around on the beach
what sort of man:- a. throws defenceless animals into the sea, and b. wears a pink polo shirt? perhaps he should spend more time looking for a job, rather than mucking around on the beach BiggerH
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12:44pm Mon 18 May 09

jonathon says...

For god sake, will some people get a life. The dog must love it or he would attack Scott. There is all this crime in the City and the Argus as to dwell on this.
For god sake, will some people get a life. The dog must love it or he would attack Scott. There is all this crime in the City and the Argus as to dwell on this. jonathon
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2:34pm Mon 18 May 09

Tye says...

PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote:
What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS
Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall?

Charge him with cruelty NOW!
[quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS[/p][/quote]Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW! Tye
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2:43pm Mon 18 May 09

alfieconnection says...

when will this man learn, first he throws the dog off a groyne, then is pictured trying to pull the poor dogs tongue out. hanging is too good for him, the bounder.
when will this man learn, first he throws the dog off a groyne, then is pictured trying to pull the poor dogs tongue out. hanging is too good for him, the bounder. alfieconnection
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2:44pm Mon 18 May 09

Randy Lahey says...

Tye wrote:
PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS
Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW!
Are you joking? I don't know the man, and yes he does look like he shops at Asda, but is that a reason to prosecute him for animal cruelty ? there's nothing wrong with what he has done, and I think you should stop being such a a$$hole in general, as no-one cares.
[quote][p][bold]Tye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS[/p][/quote]Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW![/p][/quote]Are you joking? I don't know the man, and yes he does look like he shops at Asda, but is that a reason to prosecute him for animal cruelty ? there's nothing wrong with what he has done, and I think you should stop being such a a$$hole in general, as no-one cares. Randy Lahey
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3:41pm Mon 18 May 09

Conor says...

"I’m not worried about the police or RSPCA because I haven’t done anything wrong. "
The man's a fool.
"I’m not worried about the police or RSPCA because I haven’t done anything wrong. " The man's a fool. Conor
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4:08pm Mon 18 May 09

jyan says...

Anyone who wears sunglasses on top of their head whilst wearing a pink polo shirt should be shot for crimes to fashion let alone cruelty to his ****.
Anyone who wears sunglasses on top of their head whilst wearing a pink polo shirt should be shot for crimes to fashion let alone cruelty to his ****. jyan
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4:10pm Mon 18 May 09

jyan says...

What? b itch is censored - it's the name for a female dog! What's the world according to the Argus come to?!?
What? b itch is censored - it's the name for a female dog! What's the world according to the Argus come to?!? jyan
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4:25pm Mon 18 May 09

keep the faith says...

He should get the dog to throw him looks like he is the one who could do the exercise and with losing a few stone...
He should get the dog to throw him looks like he is the one who could do the exercise and with losing a few stone... keep the faith
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4:57pm Mon 18 May 09

yorkie44 says...

He should not do this. The dog might like it but he doesn't know what is in the water that might injure the dog. It is stupid behaviour.
He should not do this. The dog might like it but he doesn't know what is in the water that might injure the dog. It is stupid behaviour. yorkie44
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7:38pm Mon 18 May 09

Bog Vern says...

That really is a shocking t-shirt.

Looks like he should go on a few runs with the dog - to stay in shape!!
That really is a shocking t-shirt. Looks like he should go on a few runs with the dog - to stay in shape!! Bog Vern
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8:04pm Mon 18 May 09

mr punch says...

If I threw my dog into the sea and he didn't like it, he'd bite me, simple as that. What a stupid story and what a waste of time and money. Anyway the bloke looks like a bit of a fatso so send him to a salad sanctuary!
If I threw my dog into the sea and he didn't like it, he'd bite me, simple as that. What a stupid story and what a waste of time and money. Anyway the bloke looks like a bit of a fatso so send him to a salad sanctuary! mr punch
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9:52pm Mon 18 May 09

Guerrero says...

Meredith should be thrown into the sea.
from the back of a ferry,as close to the propellers as possible,about halfway to Dieppe.
In December.
Handcuffed.
With concrete wellies.
With an hours worth of air in a scuba tank.
That's just for the imitation shirt and sunglasses.
Meredith should be thrown into the sea. from the back of a ferry,as close to the propellers as possible,about halfway to Dieppe. In December. Handcuffed. With concrete wellies. With an hours worth of air in a scuba tank. That's just for the imitation shirt and sunglasses. Guerrero
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7:44am Tue 19 May 09

Vitriola says...

Hang on -1) "the dog loves it", 2) "I only did it once". If you only did it once, how do you know the dog loves it? And if the dog loves it, why did you only do it once?
Hang on -1) "the dog loves it", 2) "I only did it once". If you only did it once, how do you know the dog loves it? And if the dog loves it, why did you only do it once? Vitriola
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8:16am Tue 19 May 09

Tye says...

Randy Lahey wrote:
Tye wrote:
PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS
Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW!
Are you joking? I don't know the man, and yes he does look like he shops at Asda, but is that a reason to prosecute him for animal cruelty ? there's nothing wrong with what he has done, and I think you should stop being such a a$$hole in general, as no-one cares.
You did otherwise why reply?

I did enjoy your attempt at Irony - I assume its irony with the caravan park address?
[quote][p][bold]Randy Lahey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS[/p][/quote]Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW![/p][/quote]Are you joking? I don't know the man, and yes he does look like he shops at Asda, but is that a reason to prosecute him for animal cruelty ? there's nothing wrong with what he has done, and I think you should stop being such a a$$hole in general, as no-one cares. [/p][/quote]You did otherwise why reply? I did enjoy your attempt at Irony - I assume its irony with the caravan park address? Tye
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10:05am Tue 19 May 09

Tye says...

Just been walking the Dog and it reminded me of something that happened last Autumn.

I was walking the dog near upper beeding by the river, I saw a young rough and tough looking guy walk a boxer dog with his downtrodden looking female partner.
He\was shouting and kicking the dog, I was te other side of the river and gave him a look - I didn't do it again!

When I left in the car I noticed HIS car was a 1990s metallic green either Citroen Saxo or Peugot 106 - I'm not saying theuy are the same guy - I did send an email to the RSPCA - maybe they can check this?
Just been walking the Dog and it reminded me of something that happened last Autumn. I was walking the dog near upper beeding by the river, I saw a young rough and tough looking guy walk a boxer dog with his downtrodden looking female partner. He\was shouting and kicking the dog, I was te other side of the river and gave him a look - I didn't do it again! When I left in the car I noticed HIS car was a 1990s metallic green either Citroen Saxo or Peugot 106 - I'm not saying theuy are the same guy - I did send an email to the RSPCA - maybe they can check this? Tye
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9:19pm Tue 19 May 09

pyroarcher says...

oh come on people, chav or not...its a blooming beach, its not like he threw him off a cliff!, bloody hell if the dog didnt like it then why did he stay in the water to play?? and not get out? "dragging him out of the water to get him away from the beach where dogs are banned" doesnt sound like "dog was panicking and drowning".... please!, ive been thrown into the water as a kid, its fun! get a life people, maybe RSPCA should be focusing on the animals being starved to death and beaten! not an owner chucking a dog that can swim and then went on to play into water that was like feet away from his paws... blooming heck. before people call me a fellow chav, im far from one so their goes that argument.
oh come on people, chav or not...its a blooming beach, its not like he threw him off a cliff!, bloody hell if the dog didnt like it then why did he stay in the water to play?? and not get out? "dragging him out of the water to get him away from the beach where dogs are banned" doesnt sound like "dog was panicking and drowning".... please!, ive been thrown into the water as a kid, its fun! get a life people, maybe RSPCA should be focusing on the animals being starved to death and beaten! not an owner chucking a dog that can swim and then went on to play into water that was like feet away from his paws... blooming heck. before people call me a fellow chav, im far from one so their goes that argument. pyroarcher
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3:31pm Thu 21 May 09

Kerrplunk says...

If he only threw the dog in once why was the photographer taking a picture of him at the exact same time???? Hmmmm....
If he only threw the dog in once why was the photographer taking a picture of him at the exact same time???? Hmmmm.... Kerrplunk
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12:10pm Fri 22 May 09

Randy Lahey says...

Tye wrote:
Randy Lahey wrote:
Tye wrote:
PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS
Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW!
Are you joking? I don't know the man, and yes he does look like he shops at Asda, but is that a reason to prosecute him for animal cruelty ? there's nothing wrong with what he has done, and I think you should stop being such a a$$hole in general, as no-one cares.
You did otherwise why reply? I did enjoy your attempt at Irony - I assume its irony with the caravan park address?
No it's certainly not irony, I really have no idea what that is.

Besides, what is wrong with Argos jewellery, i'm sure you've been tempted by a 9ct Gold and Silver ring with "Dad" spelled out in cubic zirconia, as I have.
[quote][p][bold]Tye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Randy Lahey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and police resouces and Argus space when so much more is happening elswhere that could be reported and the police doing what they are supposed to do--CATCH CRIMINALS[/p][/quote]Are you his friend or the sort of person who gets his jewellery from Argos or his designer clothes off the market stall? Charge him with cruelty NOW![/p][/quote]Are you joking? I don't know the man, and yes he does look like he shops at Asda, but is that a reason to prosecute him for animal cruelty ? there's nothing wrong with what he has done, and I think you should stop being such a a$$hole in general, as no-one cares. [/p][/quote]You did otherwise why reply? I did enjoy your attempt at Irony - I assume its irony with the caravan park address?[/p][/quote]No it's certainly not irony, I really have no idea what that is. Besides, what is wrong with Argos jewellery, i'm sure you've been tempted by a 9ct Gold and Silver ring with "Dad" spelled out in cubic zirconia, as I have. Randy Lahey
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1:10pm Fri 22 May 09

Randy Lahey says...

I'm sure the RSPCA have more pressing matters to attend to than the vague recollections of some weirdo who spends all the working day posting reactionery comments for no good reason.
I'm sure the RSPCA have more pressing matters to attend to than the vague recollections of some weirdo who spends all the working day posting reactionery comments for no good reason. Randy Lahey
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1:27am Sun 24 May 09

greeg says...

Throwing a dog into the sea is just as stupid as throwing a hedgehog or a squirrel into the sea,what's the point?Good question,what's the point Mr Meredith?Or are you just an unemployable idiot?Answer!
Throwing a dog into the sea is just as stupid as throwing a hedgehog or a squirrel into the sea,what's the point?Good question,what's the point Mr Meredith?Or are you just an unemployable idiot?Answer! greeg
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