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A man who failed to provide suitable diet or veterinary treatment to his dog, Marley, was given a five-year ban on owning or keeping dogs and a £200 fine following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.
45-year old Alexander Denholm of Braxfield Terrace, Lanark was sentenced Lanark Sheriff Court on 11 July.
Denholm pled guilty to causing suffering to his nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog, Marley, by failing to provide a suitable diet or the necessary veterinary treatment, which ultimately led to complications in her health and the omission of pain relief for her clearly debilitating condition contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, Section 19(2)(a)(b).
Commenting on the case, inspector Heather Lawson said, “I responded to a call to our animal helpline on 8 April 2018 from a member of the public who was concerned about the welfare of a dog
“Upon arrival at the locus I met Marley, who despite being in an emaciated state was bright and alert and appeared friendly.
“I removed Marley from the address, with agreement from Denholm, and transported her to a vet for inspection.
“Upon veterinary examination, she was found to weigh just 12.4kg and was given a body condition score of 1-2 out of 5. There was also evidence of a skin disease on both back legs, possibly produced from self-trauma.
“When she was offered food at the time of the consultation, she ate it ravenously.
“It’s clear Marley suffered neglect over an extended period of time, comprising deprivation of the most basic requirements, namely food and water.
“Marley was taken to our centre in Lanarkshire where she received the care and attention she deserved. After gaining steady weight and being fully rehabilitated, Marley was rehomed to a loving family.
“This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have been easily avoided. We are glad this sentence has been handed down and hope Denholm carefully considers his capability to care for animals in the future.”
If anyone is concerned about the welfare of an animal, they should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.