#TheList Peter James Brady, born 31/12/1983, of 10 Stoneyton Terrace, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9HA – subjected his pet dog to a sustained and brutal beating in the street
Brady admitted seizing his dog by the legs, repeatedly throwing him to the ground and repeatedly punching him on the body.
Fiscal Depute Calum Thompson said the attack had been prolonged.
He told the court: “The dog was thrown against the ground at least eight times and it was punched at least six times.
“Eyewitnesses thought the accused was under the influence.”
Brady’s solicitor Ian Woodward-Nutt said his client – a full-time driver – was “utterly horrified” by his behaviour.
He said: “Mr Brady struggles with his mental health and with substance abuse, which led to this.
“He has grown up with dogs and is utterly horrified he should ever behave this way toward an animal.”
Mr Woodward-Nutt added that his client was “very upset and contrite” about the entire incident and had taken action to rectify his behaviour.
He said: “In what is perhaps a measure of his feelings, he re-homed the dog through a local animal charity immediately after the incident.
“It was entirely out of character. He has loved and cared for animals all his life.”
Mr Woodward-Nutt added that his client had “no recollection of what happened” and said there had been “no significant injury to the animal”.
Sheriff Grant Hutchison spared Brady jail and instead imposed a community sentence.
But he said: “I get the impression this was a rather frenzied attack and I will impose supervision as an extra safeguard. This is an alternative to custody.
“This is a chance for your mental health to stabilise and hopefully improve your situation.”
Sentencing: placed under social work supervision for a year and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work. Banned from owning an animal for just two years (expires July 2021).