Lanark man given payback order and three year ban following Scottish SPCA investigation

BonnieA 35 year old man, who failed to seek veterinary treatment for his cat, has been given an 18 month community payback order and three year ban from owning or keeping animals following one of our investigations.

Stefan Zelan, of Hope Road, Kirkmuirhill was sentenced at Lanark Sheriff Court on 19 December.

Zelan pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary treatment for his cat’s broken leg under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, Section 19(2)(a)(b).

Commenting on the investigation and court case, inspector Emma Sergeant said, “The charge was dealt as Zelan failed to provide veterinary treatment to his cat, Bonnie.

“Bonnie, a black and white domestic long haired type cat, was found to be suffering from a broken leg that had been left untreated by her owner.

“Upon veterinary examination, x-rays showed that the fracture had started to heal and was unfortunately not able to be fixed. The decision was taken for her leg to be amputated.

“Thankfully, she made a full recovery, is pain free and is coping well on three legs.

“She will be transferred to one of our rescue centres where she will stay until she finds her new, loving forever home.

“I am happy 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.”

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