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A Hamilton woman who failed to seek veterinary treatment for her dog has been given a three year ban on keeping any animal for three years and a £220 fine following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
Gael Gartshore, 49, of Farm Road was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday (5 April).
Gartshore pled guilty to failing to seek vet advice or treatment for her dog, Paddy, who was suffering from a number of health conditions including severe matting and a tumour.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, Scottish SPCA Inspector Emma Sergeant said, “Paddy had a large facial tumour which covered a significant section of his head.
“There was a complete disregard for any basic grooming as his coat was matted to the point that he had extreme difficulty walking and couldn’t even see.
“Paddy’s body condition was so striking and distinct to the point that any dog owner should have recognised the urgent need for veterinary attention.
“Sadly, as Paddy’s condition had developed into such a state, the decision was made, by a veterinary professional, that the kindest thing was to put him to sleep.
“We welcome the fact that Gartshore has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down. We hope she will give serious consideration about her suitability to care for other animals in the future.”