Glasgow & West Scotland

Aimee Pender 'kicked and dragged' boyfriend's dog

A woman who kicked and dragged her boyfriend's dog has been banned from keeping dogs for two years.

Aimee Pender, 19, was caught after she was seen abusing the animal on live CCTV at her flat in Maryhill, Glasgow, on 29 October last year.

She pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to causing the Staffordshire Terrier unnecessary suffering.

Pender was also ordered to be supervised for six months and carry out 70 hours of unpaid work.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Charles McFarlane QC told her: "The offence to which you have pled guilty is serious enough to warrant the imposition of a community payback order."

Dog cowering

The court was told Pender was seen taking two dogs, one brown and one lighter coloured, for a walk at about 00:15.

Procurator fiscal depute, Claire Connaghan, said police saw the darker coloured dog run back to the entrance of flats cowering in the corner as they watched CCTV.

She said: "The accused was seen to chase the dog and strike it as it cowers, kicking its abdomen area.

"She thereafter dragged the dog by the collar back to the grassed area. She was thereafter seen to be kicking the dog and briefly stays on top of the dog's head with her foot.

"The dog is seen to escape from the accused and go back to the same area and cower in the same manner.

Swollen abdomen

"When the accused returns this time the accused can be seen to lift the dog by the collar and drag it back to the same grass area."

The court heard police were watching but were unable to get any officers to the scene at the time and it was not until later they cautioned and charged Pender.

The dog was examined and found to have a swollen abdomen and was taken to the cat and dog home.

Ian McClelland, defending, told the court Pender had to do all the dog walking duties after her then boyfriend broke his leg.

He said "she accepts she lost her temper and acted in the manner you see", adding: "She is ashamed of her actions."

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