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Lanark man found guilty of animal welfare offences after Scottish SPCA discover starving cat

Lanark man found guilty of animal welfare offences after Scottish SPCA discover starving cat

The owner of a cat which was discovered severely underweight has pled guilty to animal welfare offences.

After opening an investigation, we were unable to reach the owner. One of our inspectors spent several days posting food and ice cubes through the owner’s letterbox for the cat until we were able to obtain a search warrant and access the property.

30-year-old Jack Dickson was given a 15-month ban on owning animals and a 15-month supervision order following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

Dickson, previously of Wallace Way, Lanark was sentenced at Lanark Sheriff Court on 17 July.

Dickson pled guilty to leaving his grey male cat, Jess, unattended and failing to make adequate provisions for his welfare through prior arrangement, making no attempt to provide food, water or monitoring of his welfare, contrary to The Animal Health and Welfare Scotland Act 2006, section 29 (2) (a) (b).

Commenting on the case, inspector Heather Lawson said, “I responded to a call to our animal helpline in June 2016 from a member of the public who was concerned about the welfare of a cat potentially abandoned at a flat.

“Upon entry of the property, I discovered a litter tray with two empty bowls. It was littered with rubbish and personal items and very little of the floor was visible. There was no water or cat food accessible throughout the house.

“We removed Jess and transported him to a vet where he was found to be extremely underweight but had no other obvious signs of illness. 

“Jess was then taken to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where he received the care and attention he deserved. After gaining steady weight and being fully rehabilitated, Jess was rehomed to a loving family.

“This level of neglect is unacceptable and could have been easily avoided. We are glad this sentence has been handed down and hope Dickson carefully considers his capability to care for animals in the future.”

If anyone is concerned about the welfare of an animal, they should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.