A man caught punching his pet dog in the street has been handed a fine of £120.
And when officers arrived on the scene Justin Reid tried to demonstrate he had only been “play fighting” with the pet by punching her again – leaving her “cowering”.
Reid appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to causing a dog unnecessary suffering by repeatedly punching the animal to the head and body.
The 42-year-old hit the seven-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Amber at a bus stop on King Street, Aberdeen, on February 25.
Police witnessed Reid strike the dog to the head and body about six times on CCTV.
Fiscal depute Carrie Stevens said police received a call about Reid, who was on King Street, from a member of the public at around 8.45pm expressing concerns.
She said: “The accused is the owner of the dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier named Amber aged seven.
“Police then monitored that street using CCTV and at 9.10pm police could see from CCTV that the accused was at a bus stop on King Street with his dog.
“The accused was then seen to punch the dog to the head and neck with a closed fist about six times.
“The dog fell to the ground as a result and was cowering away from the accused. Police officers were tasked to attend and they did so and spoke with the accused who advised he was simply play fighting with the dog.
“To demonstrate to the police he lightly punched the dog to the head and body.
“The dog was visibly distressed by this and was whimpering and cowering from the accused.
“The dog was seized by the police and was taken into their care. The accused was cautioned and charged and made no reply.”
Defence agent Paul Barnett said his client, who is unemployed, has a history of mental health difficulties.
He said: “The dog is jointly owned by Mr Reid and his girlfriend.
“It’s accepted by him he was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
“He thought that he was play fighting with the dog but having seen the CCTV he accepts he went beyond what could be described as play fighting. That’s a matter of extreme regret for Mr Reid.”
Mr Barnett added the dog had been in the care of the SSPCA since the incident, but that Reid’s girlfriend hoped to get her back.
Reid, whose address was given in court papers as King’s Crescent, Aberdeen, was handed a fine of £120 by Sheriff Robert McDonald who told him: “I don’t think a disqualification order is necessary.”
Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector John Carle said: “We are pleased Reid has been sentenced, however it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing.”