Man avoids jail for dog quad bike death in Aberdeen

Grant McKenzie

A man who admitted causing the death of a dog by driving a quad bike dangerously in an Aberdeen park has "narrowly" avoided jail.

Grant McKenzie, 26, was riding round Danestone Country Park when he hit a collie called Ruby last September.

The dog had to be put down after the impact dislocated her spine and punctured her lungs.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, McKenzie was ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

Ruby the dog Ruby the dog was put down

Sheriff Graeme Buchanan said: "I have to warn you that you have only narrowly avoided going to prison for this matter."

Sheriff Buchanan imposed a community payback order, with 12 months of supervision and 220 hours of unpaid work in the community.

McKenzie will also have to sit an extended test after a three-year driving ban.

Ruby's 50-year-old owner had rehomed the collie from an animal shelter about five years ago.

Scottish SPCA Ch Supt Mike Flynn said: "This was a very sad and disturbing incident which must have been incredibly distressing for the dog and her owner.

"Thankfully, cases like this are extremely rare."

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