#TheList Allan King, born 05/04/1985, of 3 St Andrew’s Court, Bellshill ML4 1FD – swung a dog by the ears before kicking her repeatedly because she wouldn’t “walk properly”
King grabbed the mongrel before dropping her on the ground. He then struck her back with his knee and repeatedly kicked her. The attack left a shocked eyewitness ‘physically sick’ after she watched him repeatedly strike the ‘cowering and trembling’ animal in Bellshill, Lanarkshire.
The dog was heard whimpering and was seen shaking with her tail between her legs as King attacked her.
When he was asked to stop his attack, the thug shouted ‘Fuck off’ at the woman. Passing police intervened and King was caught after fleeing the scene.
The thug, who was supposed to be looking after the dog, said he hit the animal because she would not walk properly.
King admitted causing the dog unnecessary suffering and acting in a threatening or abusive manner in June 2019.
Depute fiscal Morag McClintock said: “At around 11.15am the witness was on the main street in Bellshill where the accused had the dog off the ground with its ears and was swinging the dog with them.
“He then dropped the dog on the ground.
“The witness asked the accused to stop and leave the dog alone but he shouted ‘fuck off’ and while this was going on police in uniform could hear the shouting.
“The police saw him walking towards them and kept a watch on him and observed the accused strike the dog three times with considerable force.
“It was seen cowering from the accused, sinking lower to the ground and trembling.
“When the accused saw the police he let go of the lead and ran off.
“He was asked to stop but continued running and a foot chase took place with other officers eventually finding him.
“The accused said ‘look I’m sorry I kicked my dog. I’m sorry but the dog was not walking’.
“The civilian witness advised she had never seen anything like it and that his actions had made her physically sick.”
The dog was later handed into Bellshill police station.
Jack Grant, defending, said: “This wasn’t his dog but his partner’s who had been away on a long weekend and he had been given the dog to look after and this took place on the last day he had it.
“His actions on that day were deplorable but he says he was frustrated and embarrassed by the dog and did what he did and for that he is extremely remorseful.
“He is prepared to accept that a custodial sentence may well be in the court’s mind but I ask that there is some sort of alternative imposed.”
Sheriff Vincent Smith said: “In all of the circumstances I’m going to deal with this by way of a community payback order with a requirement you carry out unpaid work.”
Sentencing: ordered to carry out 210 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping any animals for 12 months.