But when seven-year-old Stella bravely tried to defend her owner, she became the focus of the attack.
It is applied widely throughout the country and has gained popularity over time, dating from the 1980s and 1990s.
to combat the negative stereotyping of girls living in Essex by supporting Essex-based women's charities helping those in need, as well as by funding projects that promote women and girl's learning and success in science, technology, the arts, sports and business.
The charitable fund is administered by the Essex Community Foundation.
Disgraced Gavin Maguire, 40, of High Road, Chigwell, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting outraging public decency and to pay £325 court costs.
As he passed sentence, the chairman of the bench at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court Walter Hall told Maguire his behaviour had been "totally disgraceful."The woman who was with him on what was their first date, Allison Jennings, 39, of Nursery Road, Chelmsford and who had pleaded guilty previously to the same offence had been given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.