#TheList Donna Laird (née Macgregor), born 22/11/1977, of Aitken Close, Newmains, Wishaw ML2 9BJ – allowed her elderly pet dog Skye to became significantly underweight.
Laird admitted causing unnecessary suffering to bulldog Skye between Christmas Day 2017 and February 7, 2018.
Laird failed to provide adequate care and treatment for her pet and failed to obtain veterinary advice.
Skye was suffering from poor body condition and a range of health issues including weight and muscle loss, a skin condition and chronic ear condition.
Laird’s solicitor, Kevin McCarron, said his client had been “very distressed” by the situation.
He told the court: “She had this dog for 10 years when it was in good health and well cared for. A culmination of factors contributed to the situation. It was a case of negligence rather than outright intent.”
Passing sentence, Sheriff Daniel Kelly QC told the accused: “I appreciate you come to court not previously having been involved in such proceedings.
“However, this was an extremely worrying situation. The dog was significantly underweight.
“It seemed to be covered in warts and was in obvious discomfort. This must have been going on for some time and the animal must have suffered as a result.”
Fined £500. Banned from owning or looking after an animal for five years (expires October 2023).