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A Renfrewshire woman who failed to meet the needs of the dogs she was responsible for has been given a five year ban from owning or keeping animals, a deprivation order and a 75 hour community payback order following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
Danielle Brown, 31, of Dunlop Street, Linwood was sentenced at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday (21 November).
Brown pled guilty to failing to take necessary measures to ensure the welfare of her dogs Shasta and Skyler, in particular failing to seek veterinary treatment.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, Inspector Laura McIntyre said, “Both Shasta and Skylar were in a severely emaciated state when we arrived, their hips and bones were visible through their coat and they were approximately 4-6kg below their ideal bodyweight.
“It was very clear that both dogs had been suffering for months and were in need of treatment long before we arrived. Unfortunately, Shasta was unable to recover from his condition and had to be put to sleep following veterinary advice.
“We’re delighted that the courts have dealt with this case and handed Brown a ban, however we currently feel sentencing for animal abuse is very inconsistent in Scotland and we would like to see an increase in the maximum jail sentence which would provide the sheriff with a greater range of options.”