#TheList Linda Alison McLauchlan aka Linda Thomson (DoB 07/03/1970) most recently of Seaforth Road, Falkirk FK2 7TS – pleaded guilty to neglecting her pet dog, Missy, before the dog’s death in June 2017.
McLauchlan was originally accused of battering Missy then suffocating her by wrapping a plastic bag over her head. However, her not guilty plea to causing the dog to die from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation was accepted, and sentencing was for failure to provide proper care.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon said: “The charge was dealt as McLauchlan caused Missy suffering by failing to provide adequate care and veterinary treatment for her health conditions, including a skin condition and overgrown claws.
“Upon veterinary post-mortem examination, Missy was found to have chronic dermatitis and massively overgrown claws, some of them were so long the nails had twisted round into a semi-circle type shape.
“This would have significantly and severely compromised Missy’s welfare over a prolonged period”.
She added: “We welcome the fact that this case has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down.
“However it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing.
“This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have easily been avoided.”
130-hour community payback order. NO BAN.