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Disappointment at suspended sentence for dog neglect

A woman has been disqualified from keeping dogs after she was found guilty of neglect. However, the operation of the order has been suspended for a period of 12 months.

A black and white male border collie type dog named Jake and a ginger tabby cat called Simba were found living in a flat amongst sharp objects, urine, faeces and medication.

A Scottish SPCA investigation established that Susan Hume was guilty of failing to meet the needs of the animals in her care under Section 24 (1), (3) (a), (b) & (e) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Hume, 45, of 77 Rosebank, Sauchie, Alloa plead guilty at Alloa Sheriff Court on 9 August where she plead guilty and was given a supervisory community pay back order of 12 months.

She appeared at court again on the 9 November and was handed a disqualification order for the dog which has been suspended for 12 months. No charge was brought for the cat.

Commenting on the case, Scottish SPCA inspector Nicola Liddell said: “This case gives out a confusing message. To be banned from owning dogs and not the cat, along with being able to get her animals back, highlights the inconsistency among sentencing.

“The living conditions of both Jake and Simba were absolutely horrendous. The house was so dirty that Jake’s coat was matted with faeces and his feet were badly scalded due to prolonged contact with the damp, urine soaked floor. Simba the cat had regular access to the outdoors so was not affected in the same way.

“Both animals smelled strongly of cigarette smoke and urine.

“As a result of our enquiries, we removed Jake and Simba from the premises.

“While we respect the decision of the court we are disappointed by this sentence. Due to this, the animals will be returned to her.

“We hope that Hume now fully ensures the welfare of both Jake and Simba and will seriously consider whether she can adequately provide for any animal in the future.”