Falkirk mother and son given 10 year ban and community service for animal abuse following Scottish SPCA investigation

A 42 year old woman and her 20 year old son have each been given a 10 year ban on owning animals and 135 hours community service for failing to provide appropriate treatment and to seek adequate veterinary advice one of their dogs, a Staffordshire bull terrier called Banjo, following one of our investigations.


Kerry Russell, 42, and George Moffat, 20, of Haugh Gardens, Falkirk were sentenced at Falkirk Sheriff Court on 25 April.

Russell and Moffat pled guilty to failing to provide the appropriate treatment and adequate veterinary advice to Banjo under Section 19 (2) (a) (b) and failing to provide a suitable environment under Section 24 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Inspector Robyn Gray said, “This is a severe case of animal neglect which led to the unnecessary suffering of Banjo, resulting in him being put to sleep on veterinary advice.

“In January 2018 we responded to a call from the veterinary practice who had concerns for a severe wound to a dog’s neck which resulted in him being euthanized.

“We attended the home of the owners, Russell and Moffat, and found it to be littered with debris and the stench of stale urine was overpowering.  On further investigation, there was faeces all over the premises and rubbish and litter across the floor and surfaces.

“It was found there were four cats and two dogs on the premises. Due to the concerns raised over Banjo and the condition of the property, we removed the animals to secure their welfare.  One of the dogs did not belong to Russell and Moffat so was collected by the owner.  All animals removed from the properly and were examined by a vet.

“We later questioned Moffat and Russell regarding the severe wound on Banjo’s. Moffat stated this happened after Banjo ran into a bush on 21 January, however, veterinary treatment for the wound wasn’t sought until 26 January.

“We are pleased this case has been dealt with this sentence handed down but it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent punishments. The suffering Banjo faced was unnecessary and he could potentially have still been alive had veterinary attention and treatment been sought sooner.”

If anyone has concerns regarding the welfare of an animal, they should contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.