David Ormsby says he suffered "15 months of hell" at the hands of his employers because he refused to "punch and choke" animals
A trainee dog handler has won a pay out after he lost his job - because he wouldn't be ''CRUEL'' enough to his animal. Devastated David Ormsby suffered 15 months of hell at the hands of his employers - as he refused to PUNCH and CHOKE his canine companion.Pay out: David Ormsby says he lost his job because he wouldn't be 'cruel' enough to his dog
A trainee dog handler who claims he was fired for refusing to "punch and choke" animals has won an unfair dismissal payout.
David Ormsby says he suffered "15 months of hell" at the hands of his employers because he refused to abuse his dog.
The long-serving border agent said he was branded a "sissy" and removed from his role just one week before he was due to complete his training.
Mr Ormsby, 51, claimed he treated his dog Buddy with more affection than his fellow trainee officer, who would regularly "physically abuse" them.
An employment tribunal ruled in his favour, confirming that he was unfairly dismissed, and awarded him nearly £15,000 in compensation.
Describing how he clashed with his colleagues, he said: "I didn't agree with their working style, or the punishments they dished out to the dogs if they did anything wrong.
"On one occasion a dog urinated in the airport office, on the carpet, and this officer punished him in a completely disproportionate manner.
"He picked up the dog by its harness, punched the dog in the head, and shook him violently up and down while holding onto the back of the harness.
"Then he threw the dog across the room to the exit, before going over to him, picking him up again, and throwing him into the hallway.
"On another occasion the officer was leaning forward and the dog looked up and licked his face, and the officer lashed out and punched the dog, and the dog went reeling across the room.
"I told him that it was completely inappropriate, and that I would refuse to do anything like that to my animal."
Mr Ormsby had worked as a customs officer in Jersey for 34 years but in 2013 he decided to apply for the role of trainee dog handler.
But he clashed with another dog handler and a trainer from the UK over their animal cruelty as they were trained to teach their dogs.
Mr Ormsby said: "I told them I would never act like that, and we had an argument, and I said there is no way I would treat my dog in this cruel way.
"Then they started calling me a sissy."
"The trainer told me one day to get my dog in the down position, and to demonstrate he grabbed the dogs collar from underneath and twisted it to choke the dog, and he immediately went down."
Mr Ormsby carried on with his training, but was called into a meeting a week before his final assessment where his trainer told managers that he would not pass the test.
He was then dismissed by Jersey customs and his dog was taken away.
He said: "It broke my heart to have my dog taken away from me, I had cared for him 24 hours a day for six months.
"It was devastating, and still is."
After he was awarded compensation in court, Mr Ormsby said: "It's all being about justice, I feel like justice has been served.
"These have been 15 months of hell for me, my wife and my children.
"It has had a massive financial impact, but also an emotional and psychological one.
"It has been horrific."
In its judgement, the empl0yment tribunal said: "To allow the applicant to take the test would have proved beyond doubt whether or not he was capable of being a dog handler.
"Given the importance of the test and the fact that it was less than two weeks away, the decision to deny the applicant to prove his worth was fundamentally flawed."
The employment tribunal panel did not comment on Mr Ormsby's claims about dog cruelty.
Jersey Customs refused to comment on Mr Ormsby's dismissal or his subsequent tribunal.
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