A 41 year old woman who failed to provide veterinary care for a dog in her care has been given a five year ban from owning or keeping dogs, following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
Elizabeth McLeod, 41, of Larswell, Fishcross was sentenced at Alloa Sheriff Court on 31 January.
McLeod plead guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a two year old American bulldog type dog named Cody, under section 19 (2) (a) and (b) of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, Inspector Seddon said, “This charge was dealt as McLeod caused unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary treatment for her dog, Cody, who had a bacterial womb infection and for failing to provide her with proper nutrition which put the health of her twelve puppies at risk.
“When I visited the property, Cody was with her puppies in a cage with bedding that was saturated with faeces and urine.
“Cody was found to be incredibly thin. There was very little, if any, fat and all I could feel was bones. It was also clear there was obvious discharge and blood around her genital area indicating that there was a medical condition.
“I asked McLeod to feed Cody and she voraciously ate two bowls of food. When water was put down for her she drank two full bowls very quickly and half of a third.
“As Cody was suffering from undernourishment, she was at high risk of being unable to produce the essential nutrients to pass on to her puppies.
“Upon veterinary examination, Cody was given a body condition score of 1/9. She weighed 27.8kg and the vet considered that she should weigh around 40kg. Ten of her twelve puppies were found to be underweight too. It was also confirmed that Cody was suffering from a bacterial womb infection.
“Due to her infection, Cody had to have her ovaries and womb removed, where vets found multiple retained placenta from giving birth which were causing the infection. If left untreated, she could have died within days.
“I’m delighted to say that Cody made a full recovery and has found her forever home where she is getting the love she deserves. The puppies didn’t last long in our centre and I’m pleased to say they all found their happy homes too.
“We are glad that the courts have dealt with this case and the sentence passed down.
“Bans send an important message that owning an animal is a privilege rather than a right.”