Hamilton, South Lanarkshire: Matthew James Fleming

#TheList Matthew James Fleming, born 22/11/1990, formerly of Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire and now 35 Cypress Lane, Hamilton ML3 8SR – kept an elderly greyhound named Edge in a cupboard and starved him

Convicted dog abuser Matthew James Fleming and elderly greyhound Edge
Cruel Matthew James Fleming, now of Hamilton S Lanarkshire – left 13yo Edge to rot in a cupboard

Fleming failed to provide adequate nutrition and necessary veterinary attention for 13-year-old Edge. Sadly the dog was so poorly he had to be put to sleep to end his suffering.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, Inspector Gillian Dick said, “When I arrived at Fleming’s property, Edge was lying in a cupboard in his own excrement.

“He was unable to stand and was so weak he was struggling to lift his head.

“Edge was severely emaciated and all his bones were visible and protruding through his skin. There was no fat or muscle tone on his body whatsoever and he had faeces in his teeth.

“He also had pressure sores as a result of having no body fat and being unable to move for long periods of time.

“I immediately took Edge to a vet where he was assessed as weighing 14.8kgs, when a dog of his breed and size should have weighed 30kgs.

“Sadly, the vet decided that his condition was so severe there was no choice but to put him to sleep to end his suffering.

“During questioning, Fleming admitted being aware that Edge had been in very poor health for a month and in a collapsed state five days prior to our visit.

“Fleming failed to provide even the most basic level of needs for Edge, to the extent he resorted to eating his own faeces in a pitiful attempt to gain some form of sustenance.

“I hope Fleming will now be able to reflect on this case and the consequences of his failure to provide Edge with nutrition and veterinary attention.

“We also hope he will give serious consideration over his ability to care for any other animal once his eight year ban is over.”

Sentence: £750 fine; banned from owning animals for eight years (expires January 2022).

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