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Grant McKenzie admits dog 'quad bike death' in Aberdeen

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

Grant McKenzie, 25, 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.

McKenzie admitted dangerous driving at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. Sheriff Graeme Buchanan deferred sentence until next month for the preparation of reports.

'Appropriate sentence'

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.

"It is now up to the court to decide an appropriate sentence."

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