#TheList Fiona Cuthill, born c. 1985, formerly of Plean, Stirling, and as at 2019 of Cawder Road, Bridge of Allan FK9 4JJ – starved dog Snoop, leaving him just days from death from dehydration
Cuthill pleaded guilty to failing to provide sufficient adequate nutrition for Snoop, who weighed under 6kg in November 2015 when animal welfare officers from the Scottish SPCA found him.
The court heard Cuthill had suffered “financial constraints”, but SSPCA Inspector Louise Seddon said it was inconceivable she did not realise Snoop was in trouble and only needed feeding – not expensive veterinary care.
Insp Seddon, who was the first officer to attend Cuthill’s then address at Kirkbride Terrace in Plean, added: “We received a report to our animal helpline that there was a dog at the property which was very thin and shaking and looked like it was dying.
“When I arrived I found Snoop in extremely thin condition and all his bones, especially his ribs and pelvic bones, were very prominent.
“He was in a semi-collapsed state and was only able to stand with difficulty when lifted. It was clear Snoop needed immediate veterinary attention and as he was barely able to walk I had to carry him to my van.
“The vet’s findings were that Snoop was severely emaciated and seriously dehydrated. He was immediately put on intravenous fluids and the vet was not sure whether he would survive.
“It was the vet’s view that, due to the level of dehydration, without water Snoop would likely have died within a few days, and with water death would have occurred within two weeks due to starvation.”
Despite his prolonged suffering and chronic undernourishment, fighter Snoop went on to make a full recovery from his ordeal after round-the-clock care and was rehomed.
Sentencing: ordered to pay £500 to the Scottish SPCA. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires June 2026).
Update July 2017: The Sun reported that Fiona Cuthill, who had been working as a care assistant, was struck off the social care register.