Thug convicted of selling sick puppies online brutally attacked dog lover who confronted him

A thug convicted of selling sick puppies online brutally attacked a man who was angry at his treatment of dogs.

Marco Tondo, 34, teamed up with his friend Danny Davidson, 26, to pounce on Daley Halbert, who ended up with more than a dozen broken bones.

A judge watched horrific CCTV footage of the couple following the 36-year-old victim out of a pub before punching, kicking and stomping him.

The daytime attack on July 31, 2020 came just months after Tondo was spared jail following a guilty plea for selling abused puppies to an illegal ‘pet shop’ in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow.

Tondo and Davidson were due to stand trial for the attempted murder of Daley outside the Buck Inn pub in Annan.

But in court yesterday they both admitted the charge reduced from assaulting the man to his serious injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to his life.

Tondo, now from Annan, and Davidson, from Gretna, also in Dumfriesshire, have both been remanded in custody until March pending sentencing.

Prosecutor Angela Gray told the Glasgow High Court hearing that Daley was a “dog lover” and knew Tondo had been involved in animal husbandry.

He was then said to be “unhappy” after hearing things Tondo said about dogs.

The court heard “words were exchanged” before Daley decided to leave the bar.

Ms Gray said: ‘He was punched and kicked to the body and they repeatedly hit him on the head.

Doctors concluded that “significant force” had been used and that there was a potential danger to life as well as threats of brain damage.

Judge Scott Pattison told the couple: “It was a horrific assault resulting in significant and distressing injuries.”

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