Evil thug stabbed girlfriend’s Labrador 14 times with pair of nail scissors

A callous thug stabbed a defenceless Labrador 14 times with a pair of nail scissors in a sickening act of animal cruelty.

Declan Milne stabbed his girlfriend's dog multiple times, leaving the four-year-old pup with injuries to its head, cheek, thighs and muzzle.

It landed the 22-year-old brute with a 10-year ban on owning animals.

The man has also been given a four-month restriction of liberty order – from 7.30pm to 7am every day – and ordered to serve 200 hours of community service for his actions towards the black Lab named Max.

A vet alerted animal welfare to the treatment of the animal after finding a number of injuries on him during a routine check-up.

His girlfriend, whose parents owned the dog, said that she found the terrified dog cowering in fear with faeces all over the floor and on his tail and saw he was bleeding.

Milne’s partner spotted that her nail scissors were missing from their set and questioned Milne who denied any knowledge of Max’s wounds.

But when Milne presented the scissors, there was black hair on them.

The scissors were taken for forensic analysis and dog blood and DNA was found on them.

Milne was charged under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for causing Max unnecessary suffering by stabbing him with nail scissors multiple times.

He was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

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SSPCA (the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Inspector Fiona Thorburn said: “After Milne’s girlfriend discovered Max with the fresh injuries, she immediately phoned her family who returned from their weekend away.

“The family were incredibly concerned and took Max straight to the vet where he received prompt treatment for his wounds.

“This has been an incredibly distressing time for Max and his owners.

“The family trusted Milne to look after their pet and unbeknownst to them, Milne caused Max a great deal of stress and pain.”

“The ban will ensure no other animals will suffer at his hands like Max did.”

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