Alleged Dennyloanhead dog fight organiser wanted by police

A Hallglen resident accused of causing a dog fight to take place failed to turn up at court today and now a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 3:18 pm

Matthew Frendo (43), of Orkney Place, Hallglen, has been charged with offences contravening Scottish animal health and welfare legislation. He pled not guilty to causing a dog fight to take place on September 12 and a trial was due to take place later this month.

However, Frendo failed to appear at a procedural hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court today.

He denies causing an animal fight to take place by releasing a dog into a room containing another dog at a house in Bankhead Crescent, Dennyloanhead, and encouraging the dogs to fight, even after a canine was injured.

Frendo also stands accused of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, repeatedly shouting and swearing, attempting to prevent police from entering the house in Bankhead Crescent and refusing to leave it when requested, challenging another man to a fight, punching a door at the house, making threatening remarks to police officers, and repeatedly punching and kicking the interior of a police vehicle.

He also pled not guilty to this charge.

Sheriff Derek Livingston issued the arrest warrant after defence solicitor Matthew Auchincloss could offer no explanation for his Frendo’s absence.