A Lanarkshire woman who failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care has been given a 15 year ban following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
Morag Jackson, 55 of Stonehouse has had her appeal denied after being sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court on 11 August 2016.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, Inspector Joanne Boyle said, “There were two wooden sheds with at least eight dogs, and a separate garage which housed nursing bitches with young puppies.
“A West Highland terrier hidden away in a carrier had a severe skin complaint and also had alopecia. She had no access to light, food or water.
“The canines were being kept in disgusting conditions, the bedding was soaked with urine and there was a lot of faeces.
“There was a lack of food and water available for the dogs, any water which was present appeared discoloured and littered with debris, it was completely inappropriate for any animal to be supplied with.
“The dogs had a series of health ailments which could have been easily treated with veterinary treatment. A number of the dogs had a lice infestation and bad skin conditions which would have been causing them a lot of pain and discomfort.
“We welcome the fact that Jackson has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down. We hope she will give serious consideration about her suitability to care for other animals in the future.
“Thankfully, the dogs have now received the proper treatment and have made a full recovery.”