#TheList Ashleigh Hume, born 22/08/1980, of Brig O’Doon Grove, Cowie, Stirling FK7 7BZ – left her pet cat alone inside her flat without food or water for weeks
Neighbours contacted the Scottish SPCA with concerns for the welfare of house cat Morgan after her owner, single mother-of-two Ashleigh Hume, moved out to live with a boyfriend.
Officers forced entry into the stinking property and found the cat in an emaciated condition. She was described in court as “behaving erratically, hissing and crying while running in circles”.
Prosecutor Caitlin French continued: “There was a trail of rubbish bags which the cat had shredded and emptied, along with multiple empty cat food sachets and boxes which had all been chewed.”
Morgan was taken into care by the SSPCA after treatment by a vet.
The locks to the rented flat were changed and Hume was left a note. She only picked up the new keys three weeks later.
Hume was spoken to and cautioned at Stirling Golf Club, where she works, on October 16, 2019. Asked when she had last fed Morgan prior to the rescue, she said: “It was a few weeks.”
The 39-year-old, who has moved back into the flat, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate care and nutrition to Morgan between July 29 and September 19, 2019.
She also admitted abandoning the cat contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act.
Sheriff Robert Dickson told her: “Your early plea has just – and I emphasise just – persuaded me not to send you straight to prison.”
Sentencing: 300 hours of unpaid work; fined £650. Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years.