The Scottish SPCA has expressed disappointment after a man who admitted causing his dog's death through neglect was not given a ban on keeping animals in court. Warning - the image in this article is likely to cause distress.
Iain Donald, 26, of Broad Street, Alloa, appeared at the town’s sheriff court on Tuesday (31 July). Donald pled guilty to failing to provide veterinary attention for his ten year old greyhound named Troy, which caused him uneccessary suffering, resulting in his death. Donald was was fined £135.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon said, “This was a horrific case of neglect and Troy was little more than a bag of bones when he died.
“To watch your dog as it suffers and do nothing to help is completely unacceptable.
“As a result of our investigation, Donald has been convicted of causing an animal unnecessary suffering and now has a criminal record.
“We had recommended that a ban on keeping animals would be appropriate in this case, which is an option available to the courts under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
“It is very disappointing that no ban has been given as, in our opinion, anyone who can do this to their own pet is not capable of looking after any animal.”