#TheList Sean Burns, born 10/12/1990, previously of Valley Gardens South, Kirkcaldy, Fife, but now apparently living in the village of Cardenden – caused the death of a puppy through his neglect
Seans Burns’ neglect of his critically ill German Shepherd puppy Lexi led to her death. Burns left the nine-month-old dog with his neighbours while he socialised in Edinburgh on September 9, 2017.
Despite receiving phone calls telling him about the pup’s failing health, Burns instructed his neighbours not to seek veterinary treatment.
Lexi died in the early hours of September 10, 2017.
Burns admitted causing unnecessary suffering and failing to seek adequate veterinary treatment for Lexi, who was left unable to stand and suffering from internal bleeding.
The labourer had taken the dog to a vet who prescribed painkillers and a lengthy course of antibiotics to treat a painful cut on August 22, 2017.
He failed to take her for follow up treatment due to financial issues and the infection took hold in the weeks leading up to her death.
When he appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court to be sentenced, he also faced a further charge of behaving in a threatening manner.
Sheriff James Williamson told Burns he had displayed “arrogance and a bullying nature”.
He said: “You have a bad attitude and that attitude brings you back to court.”
Community payback order with a requirement of 180 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from keeping animals for the next 10 years.