Glasgow & West Scotland

Mark Gattens killed dog with meat cleaver in Glasgow

A man who killed a woman's dog with a meat cleaver in front of horrified onlookers and then dumped the body in a bin has been jailed for eight months.

Mark Gattens, 22, from Glasgow, struck the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Xena, 15 times in the city's Shettleston area in December last year.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he ignored pleas to stop, including those from a seven-year-old child.

Gattens admitted attacking the dog contrary to the Animal Welfare Act.

He also admitted breaching the peace by carrying out the attack in front of members of the public.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how witnesses called the police and the Scottish SPCA who later found the dog's body dumped in a bin with its pink leather collar still around its neck.

Gattens was arrested two days later.

Sentencing him, Sheriff Sean Murphy QC told Gattens: "You inflicted a horrific, cruel and painful death on an animal that was defenceless at that time and as such only a custodial sentence is appropriate."

The sheriff told Gattens that he would have sentenced him to the maximum for such a crime which is 12 months but had reduced this because he pled guilty at an early stage.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites