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Livingston man receives 12-month ban on keeping animals following Scottish SPCA investigation

Tara suffering from skin condition

A man has been given a 12-month disqualification from owning or keeping animals following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

64-year-old Lawrence Hughes failed to seek vet treatment for his cross breed dog, Tara who was suffering from a serious skin infection. The extent of the condition would have caused Tara a great deal of discomfort and distress.

Hughes, of Eliburn South, Livingston, pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering at Livingston Sheriff Court on 24 September.

Scottish SPCA inspector, Jennifer Surgeon said, “We received a report from a member of the public who had seen Hughes’ dog Tara and was concerned about her appearance.

“As soon as we saw Tara it was clearly evident that she had a severe problem with her skin.

“She was constantly scratching at herself and gnawing at her paws and legs. She had severe hair loss from her rib cage down to her tail, affecting her under carriage and all four legs. Her skin was hot and clammy to touch, felt thickened and was covered in scabs. What hair there was on her body was very thin and the skin in these areas was also in poor condition.

Close ups of Tara's skin infection

“There was a strong, pungent smell within the property which was coming from Tara as her skin was so bad.

“Given the extent of the skin disease these dermatological changes were likely to have developed over a period of no less than 14 days although in reality it’s likely to have been much longer.

“We’re glad that Hughes has been given this ban and hope he seriously reconsiders his ability to care for any animal in future.

“Tara is now being looked after at one of our rescue and rehoming centres and we’re confident that we’ll be able to find her the loving home she deserves.

“If anyone is concerned about an animal they can contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”




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