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Falkirk woman given 130 hour community payback order for animal abuse

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Falkirk woman given 130 hour community payback order for animal abuse

A 47 year old woman who failed to provide adequate care and treatment, and veterinary treatment to her dog, Missy, has been given a 130 hour community payback order following an investigation.

Linda McLauchlan, 47, of Seaforth Road, Falkirk was sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court on 15 November.

McLauchlan plead guilty to causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, Inspector Louise Seddon said, “The charge was dealt as McLauchlan caused Missy suffering by failing to provide adequate care and veterinary treatment for her health conditions, including a skin condition and overgrown claws.

“Upon veterinary post-mortem examination, Missy was found to have chronic dermatitis and massively overgrown claws, some of them were so long the nails had twisted round into a semi-circle type shape.

“This would have significantly and severely compromised Missy’s welfare over a prolonged period.

“We welcome the fact that this case has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down. However it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing. This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have easily been avoided.”