Carluke woman given additional sentence for breach of animal ban

A 56 year old woman who breached her animal cruelty ban has been given a £360 fine and an additional 21 month disqualification order to add on to her current 15 year ban following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Generic Scottish SPCA BadgeMargaret Thomson Forsyth, 56, of Unitas Crescent, Carluke was sentenced at Lanark Sheriff Court on 29 November.

Forsyth pled guilty to breaching a disqualification order under Section 40 of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, Scottish SPCA Inspector Emma Sergeant said, “Forsyth was originally charged with a 15 year disqualification from keeping any animal with £540 compensation fine by Lanark Sheriff Court in August 2006.  Forsyth was recently found to be in breach of this ban with animals living in her home.

“The animals in her care were a 12 year old Jack Russel dog, a 15 year old female domestic short haired cat and a budgie.

“Forsyth was charged in 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering to three dogs in her care that were found to be seriously neglected.

“Though there were no welfare issues with the animals in her care during the breach of the ban, she did not comply with the law.

“We welcome the fact that this case has been dealt with and the sentence handed down. We hope Forsyth will now comply with the law and uphold the timeframe of her ban.”