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Arbroath man jailed for stabbing neighbour's dog in row

A man has been jailed for nine months for stabbing his neighbour's dog in Arbroath.

Liam Wright attacked the dog on 14 February after arguing with neighbours Richard Buick and Paige Sharpe.

The couple's dogs got out of their flat during the confrontation, before Wright fetched a knife from his home and stabbed bulldog Pooch in the neck.

The 21-year-old admitted breaching the peace, carrying a knife and stabbing the dog to the danger of its life.

Police were called to the property on Millgate Loan at 23:45, and Wright admitted to them: "I'm not going to lie, I took a knife to the dog."

Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told Forfar Sheriff Court: "Pooch was examined shortly after the incident by a vet.

"The wounds were quite deep, with moderate to heavy bleeding from the neck wound, which was thought to be life-threatening."

Treatment cost about £500, and the dog is making a full recovery.

Although Wright was a first offender, Sheriff Gregor Murray jailed him for nine months.

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