#TheList Robert Blackwood, aged 54, of 87 Martin Crescent, Ballingry, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 8QB – admitted starving black whippet Jo-Jo (pictured) who was found emaciated and scavenging in gardens for scraps
Blackwood admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Jo-Jo by not seeking veterinary attention and allowing him to become emaciated.
A Scottish SPCA officer visited Blackwood’s home in February 2018 following a call from a concerned member of the public.
There, she found Jo-Jo scavenging about in the garden looking for scraps of food. The dog was struggling to walk and was extremely thin. The SSPCA officer was shocked by his poor condition.
Blackwood told the SSPCA worker that he had financial problems and could not afford to take Jojo to the vet. He also claimed he was feeding him twice a day.
Commenting on the investigation and court case, SSPCA Inspector Sarah Gregory said: “This charge was dealt as Blackwood failed to provide adequate nutrition and veterinary treatment to Jo-Jo, a male Whippet, who, upon vet examination was scored with a body condition score of 1/9 with ribs and pelvic bones easily evident from a distance.
“He weighed 8.15kg, which is just over half of what he should have, and had nearly no body fat.
“Jo-Jo was taken to one of our centres where he received weight monitoring, care and an appropriate diet.
“To date he continues to improve and is bright, alert and happy to interact with the staff. Once Jo-Jo has fully recovered we will find him a loving forever home.”
Sentence: fined £400.