The man at the centre of a video in which a dog is kicked and pulled by its lead has said he is “sorry” for what he did.
Footage recorded on Portland Street in Aberdeen showed a black cocker spaniel puppy being yanked by his lead and lifted off the ground.
The clip, which was posted on social media, was shared and viewed thousands of times before being taken down.
Chris Gainer, 39, the man in the video, was warned about his actions by the Scottish SPCA after the video came to light last week.
He told how he had since received a number of messages, including some threatening assault.
Chris, who says he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2012, said: “I lost my composure in the moment captured after months of toilet and obedience training and it was not acceptable.
“The video almost went viral and gave rise to a great deal of emotion without any other context. Unfortunately, it does not show the 99% of the time where I had tried with the best of my knowledge to keep him entertained, involved and cared for.”
Chris, who has since moved away from the city, said: “Like so many who are bipolar, I’ve devastated the life I had, been uncharacteristically mean to my dog, putting those close to me at extreme risk, and managed to cause widespread outrage, hurt and anxiety.
“All I can do now is apologise to all affected. I am no longer with my partner. I no longer have care of the pup.
“Like anyone, I want to fit in, have love, do normal things like have a home and a family and a partner and a pet, but at my age, I think I see that despite my efforts to keep it together, sometimes it sneaks up on me and I act completely inappropriately. I’m sorry for my actions. I’m sorry to the pup for being so hard and mean where he just needed more patience.”
When asked about seeing the footage, he added: “I did not like it. I did not like seeing the little guy who was otherwise so infatuated with me, scared of me. I did not like seeing that side of me. I was and am ashamed.”
Scottish SPCA Inspector Alison Simpson said: “We have spoken to those involved and the appropriate action has been taken under animal welfare legislation.”