A MAN punched a dog after swearing at a shopkeeper in New Cumnock before kicking out at cops.

Paul Constable, 39, was told he deserved jail but would avoid custody after lashing out at the dog at the Day Today Store, High Park Avenue back on October 18 last year.

The former Connel View resident, now of Princes court Ayr, admitted causing the animal unnecessary suffering and threatening behaviour when he appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court.

The Procurator Fiscal depute said: “Shortly after 7pm on the date libelled the witness was in the shop when a male entered the shop and was asked to leave. The male accused began shouting and swearing repeatedly in the store.

“The witness then observed the accused punch a dog on the body [outside] and police were contacted.

“Another witness leaving the shop nearby saw the accused punch the dog. Police attended and a witness pointed out the accused.

“The accused immediately became aggressive with police and started shouting and swearing.

“He was warned of his conduct but continued shouting and swearing and was arrested and handcuffed and conveyed to Kilmarnock Police Station.

“While en route he headbutted a cell window while shouting and swearing.

“The accused was cautioned and charged and made no reply.

Defence solicitor Steven Maxwell said: “It was appalling behaviour, I told him that. I think you will find the man is contrite.”

Sheriff Desmond Leslie said: “People have to be protected from people like you coming in and causing merry hell.

“You’re violent to a dog? The dog had done nothing wrong. You really deserve jail. It was a year ago, but this behaviour cannot be tolerated.”

As an alternative to custody he was placed under supervision for 18 months and ordered to stay indoors from 7pm to 7am for three months.