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A man who caused unnecessary suffering by failing to seek veterinary treatment for severe dental disease and weight loss which led to health complications in his Boxer dog, Sasha, has been given a £300 fine and two year ban on owning dogs following our investigation.
Anthony Storer of Douglas St, Airdrie was sentenced at Airdrie Sheriff Court on 1 April.
Storer was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, chief inspector John Chisholm said, “This charge was dealt as Storer failed to provide adequate nutrition and veterinary treatment to Sasha, a female Boxer, who, upon vet examination was scored with a body condition score of 1/5 with her ribs, spine and pelvic bones easily evident from a distance.
“Sasha had inflamed and overgrown gums with evidence of a chronic bacterial infection. As well as this, several of her lower incisor teeth were fractured and diseased which was obviously painful to the touch.
“Three small tumours were found on various points of her body and a veterinary exam found Sasha to have renal compromise, dental disease and hypothyroidism.
“Unfortunately, after struggling with various health issues, the sad decision was made to put Sasha to sleep.
“I’m happy the courts have dealt with this case, 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.
“Storer’s co-accused Caroline McLeish was sentenced at Airdrie Sheriff Court on 5 November. McLeish pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Sasha under section 19 of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. She was given a £280 fine and three year ban on owning animals.”