#TheList Anthony Peter Allan, born 08/03/1993, originally from Paisley, most recently of Kelvin Gardens, Hamilton ML3 9NR but as of February 2020 in prison for murder – punched and kicked his girlfriend’s puppy on repeated occasions
Allan carried out the attacks on the Staffordshire bull terrier pup when he was sharing a flat in Mossvale, Paisley with partner Lauren McMaster.
Depute fiscal Lauren McGonigal told the court: “The dog belonged to Lauren McMaster. It was a young pup.
“Miss McMaster described that, as the arguments between her and the accused worsened, he was taking his anger out on the dog.
“He would repeatedly kick and punch the dog.
“A neighbour who lived through the wall would hear the accused shouting at the dog, and hear sounds of the dog being chased around the property.
“Between January and the end of April she could hear the dog being hit and the dog yelping in pain.”
The depute fiscal added the attacks usually lasted for 15 minutes and happened when Allan’s partner left the flat.
The court heard how he was arrested after the police were called on April 27, 2014, when he behaved in a threatening and abusive way towards McMaster by shouting and swearing at her and threatening to kill himself.
When interviewed by cops he admitted he had been hitting the dog.
Allan pleaded guilty to repeatedly punching and kicking the dog and causing it unnecessary suffering and undue distress.
He also admitted a second charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm by shouting, swearing and uttering threats.
When he returned to court to learn his fate, solicitor advocate Chris McKenna said that he had come from a troubled background in which his parents had failed to accept that their son had mental health problems.
As a result, his client described that time as being “a life of torture.”
Sentencing him, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew told Allan: “This utterly defenceless dog was the butt of your anger and suffered misery over a three-month period.”
Sheriff Pettigrew said that due to the serious nature of the offence, he could easily have jailed Allan, but had decided against that and gave him a community sentence instead.
He said: “You accept you repeatedly punched and kicked the dog causing it undue distress.
“Repeatedly – over a period of three months – undoubtedly the dog’s life was a misery.
“It was the butt of your anger, your temper, and was utterly defenceless in terms of your repeated assaults on it.
“I have no doubt that you should be disqualified from keeping or owning a dog indefinitely.”
Allan agreed to accept drug counselling after it was revealed he had a problem with cannabis.
Sentence: two-year community payback order with 270 hours of unpaid work in a 12-month period;.banned from owning or keeping a dog for life.
In February 2020 Anthony Allan was jailed for a minimum of 18 years after beating a man to death with a baseball bat.