#TheList Andrew S Smith, born c. 1982, of Mottershead Road in Widnes WA8 7LF – punched his American bulldog repeatedly during an attack on his partner
Father-of-two Andrew Smith rained down blows on the family dog, punching her 20 times as she barked and growled following a brutal 30-minute attack on his partner.
Smith had been on a Christmas night out with his workmates when he returned home drunk in the early hours of the morning.
He was heard shouting loudly by his girlfriend as she tried to sleep upstairs at their Trafford home.
A court was told how she initially left it – hoping he would quieten down.
She eventually ventured downstairs to ask him what the problem was.
Smith then told her to ‘call the police before something happens’, before threatening her.
Telling him to be quiet as she didn’t want their four-year-old daughter to wake up, he said: “I don’t give a f**k.”
His partner then went upstairs to call the police – only to be followed by Smith.
He then began hitting her to the face and body, and despite moving downstairs, the attack carried on for 30 minutes.
Their American bulldog was barking and growling at Smith, who then began to punch her ‘around 20 times’.
Smith pleaded guilty to assault by beating and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal,
In a victim personal statement read to the court, his partner said the incident made her feel ‘horrible and really guilty’.
She said: “I feel scared around him when he’s had a drink.
“I don’t want to be in a relationship with him anymore. I feel like a bad mum. I should have ended it a long time ago.”
Smith was said to have three previous convictions for seven offences, including offences of violence dating back to 2007.
Sentencing: 80 hours of unpaid work; 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement; £175 court costs. No ban on keeping animals was imposed by the court.