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Galashiels woman given three year ban on owning reptiles following Scottish SPCA investigation

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neglected Bosc lizard

A woman who badly neglected two monitor lizards in her care has been given a three year ban on owning reptiles and a £200 fine following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Charlotte Roberts, 28, of Beech Avenue, Galashiels plead guilty under Section 19 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering and for failing to provide veterinary treatment for the lizards

Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona Thorburn said, “We are pleased Roberts has been handed a ban for this level of neglect..

“There were two Bosc monitor lizards in the care of Roberts. Sadly, one had already died.

“The other was still alive but very close to death. I’ve never seen a lizard in such poor condition.

“It would have taken months for the lizard to get into the condition it did. This did not happen overnight.

“It has cost the Scottish SPCA a significant amount of money to nurse him back to health but you can’t put a price on the wellbeing of an animal.

“He has gone from strength to strength with the correct care and we are pleased to say he is doing well.

“Reptiles need specialist care with consistent temperature, living environment and diet.

“We hope this sentence makes Roberts consider her ability to be able to look after any animal in the future.

“If anyone suspects an animal has been neglected or abandoned they should call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”