#TheList John Poole, born c. 1976, of Paterson Street, Ayr KA8 9HD – battered his pet dog, threw her against a wall and hurled her onto the road in a busy town centre
Alcoholic John Poole punched and kicked defenceless golden retriever Biscuit on the head and body and threw her against a wall.
Poole then hurled the animal into the path of oncoming traffic in the seaside town of Ayr.
He was arrested over the incident in January 2018 and held in police custody before appearing in the dock at Ayr Sheriff Court.
Poole admitted causing the dog unnecessary suffering by punching and kicking her on the head and body, throwing her against a wall and into the road, leaving her injured.
He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, by shouting at police officers and threatening them with violence.
Police were called to the scene of the attack around 7pm on January 27, 2018, and Biscuit was rushed to a local vet for treatment.
But it is understood the dog will suffer no lasting damage.
Defence solicitor Mandy Stewart told the court that Poole is an alcoholic who is trying to overcome his addiction while complying with a court order imposed in another case.
She said he had relapsed around Christmas, culminating in him attacking his pet in the manner he admitted.
Jailed for four months for the offence; ordered to relinquish ownership of Biscuit. Banned from keeping animals for four years (expires February 2022).
In October 2018 Poole was back in court charged with making hoax calls to the emergency services. The outcome of his latest court case isn’t yet known. He also has at least one previous conviction for violence.