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Man jailed for vicious dog attack
Martin McNaught
McNaught was given three months for causing unnecessary suffering
A man who viciously attacked a dog by kicking it and standing on its head has been jailed for three months.

Martin McNaught, 29, of Gilmour Street, Edinburgh, pulled the cocker spaniel along the ground and over a wall on Marine Drive, Cramond, in March 2007.

He was found guilty of causing the dog unnecessary suffering at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month but sentencing was deferred for background reports.

Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie QC said it had been a "cowardly and vicious attack".

At the trial, witnesses told how they were sickened and horrified when they saw McNaught, who had a young child with him, kicking the dog like a football.

Repeat attacks

He had been seen standing on its head when it cowered down to try and evade the repeated kicks.

Witness Barbara Brewster, 47, said people walking along the beach were screaming at McNaught to stop his attack.

McNaught claimed he had taken the dog, known as Simba or Buster, and the young child to the beach near Cramond.

He said the animal kept running away and because he was supposed to be going for an interview, he began to lose his temper.

He admitted dragging the dog by the lead when it laid down and refused to move and that he had placed his foot on its bottom to give it "a shove". He denied kicking the dog or stamping on its head.

Defence agent, Phil Templeton, pointed out to Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie QC that the two vets who had given evidence had not been able to say if the dog had suffered an injury or not.

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