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Dog stabbing flat in Aberdeen 'covered in blood'

The ceiling and walls of a flat where a dog was found badly injured were "covered in blood", a court has heard.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, William Mellis, 31, denied causing his dog unnecessary suffering by stabbing it with a kitchen knife.

Police were called to Merkland Road East in February where they found Mr Mellis asleep on his sofa in his underwear with blood all over his body.

The case was adjourned for final submissions until next year.

It is claimed that Mr Mellis cut the artery at the base of the Staffordshire bull terrier's tail when he knifed the dog.

Police had gone to the property after reports of a disturbance.

Giving evidence, PC Lisa Wood, from Grampian Police, said Mr Mellis claimed to have kicked the dog because it had bitten him.

'Lot of pain'

Describing the scene, she said: "The flat was absolutely covered in blood, on the walls, on the ceiling. The whole of the bathroom was covered in blood.

She said she initially thought Mr Mellis had been injured.

"When I got closer, I could see there were no injuries on him," she said.

PC Wood said the accused appeared agitated when he woke up and it was clear that he had been drinking alcohol because his speech was slurred.

She told the court how she then found the dog lying injured "in a lot of pain" with his legs splayed on the kitchen floor.

A vet was later called to the property and took the dog away for treatment.

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