Man who claimed to love dog ‘like a son’ beat animal in street

Mark Main kicked and punched the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Glasgow in June last year.

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A man who claimed to love his dog “like a son” beat the animal in the middle of the street.

Mark Main, 43, was spotted by shocked witnesses kicking and punching the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The incident occurred in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street around lunchtime on June 23 this year.

Main, of the city’s Springboig, was later traced by police.

He told officers: “I never battered my dog.”

Prosecutor Ally Roy told Glasgow Sheriff Court the animal was put into kennels, but fortunately suffered no injuries.

On Monday, Main admitted causing the pet unnecessary suffering.

The court heard claims Main was under the influence at the time.

Paul Sutherland, defending, said:  “He acted horribly. He has a genuine affection for the animal and accepts he is guilty and is very sorry.

“He treats the dog like a son and loves it very much.”

The lawyer stated that he would like the dog to be returned to him.

Sheriff Jonathan Guy placed Main on a restriction of liberty order for 81 days and banned him from keeping an animal for a year.

He told him: “This was extremely poor behaviour towards your dog.”