#TheList Linda Alison McLauchlan aka Linda Thomson, born 07/03/1970, previously of Seaforth Road, Falkirk but now of Main Street, Methilhill, Methil KY8 2DN – pleaded guilty to neglecting her pet dog, Missy, before the dog’s suspicious 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. Five-year ban (unconfirmed).
We received an email from an animal lover who was in court during Linda McLauchlan’s hearing. This was her report:
I was in court …. Let me tell you this is one cold hearted bitch who sat giggling at other charges brought up for others in front of the judge that day. I’ll tell you exactly what I know. Her neighbour reported her to the SSPCA, after she said she had suffocated the dog using a carrier bag. The dog had died on the 17th June and was removed from her garden on the 22nd by the SSPCA for a post-mortem to be carried out. The dog had suffered for such a long time.
The procurator fiscal read out the SSPCA report stating that the dog was severely malnourished. It had suffered from skin conditions that had gone untreated. Its body was covered in open lesions and the report stated the poor dog’s nails would have caused it excruciating discomfort. They stated it would have been impossible for Missy to stand let alone walk. And the little dog had lay on hard surfaces causing sores on pressure points.
In her defence she had said she had treated the dog for fleas, and it had caused the lesions due to a reaction…. (bullshit).
She failed to produce any evidence that this little dog had been ever registered or taken to any vet.
I sat in court on Thursday, and could hear my own heart beating, I was hoping this bastard would have got a lot more. The judge banned her for five years from keeping any animals and told her to complete a 130 community payback order within 6 months.
Her lawyer was a woman who stated she now lives in Fife and is in a tenancy that doesn’t allow dogs.
When I saw the pictures of Missy’s feet I felt sick to the stomach and wished I’d punched her in the face.
Also in the court, in the SSPCA officers statement it said it was the worst case the officer had dealt with in 17 years.
When the judge asked why she hadn’t sought care for Missy, her defence said she had been on universal credit.