Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire: Morag Jackson

#TheList licensed commercial dog breeder and seller Morag Jackson, born c. 1962, of Mid Lanrigg, Stonehouse, Larkhall ML9 3PD –  convicted of keeping dozens of terrier dogs in cramped pens and failing to properly feed or clean them

Licensed breeder Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after feeding pups mouldy food and keeping them in the dark
Licensed breeder Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after feeding pups mouldy food and keeping them in the dark

Jackson, who is originally from Turriff, Aberdeenshire and has a past conviction for running an ILLEGAL dog breeding operation, was found guilty of four offences under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 between July and September 2015.

Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after 'gross' neglect
Morag Jackson was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after ‘gross’ neglect

Following a call from a concerned member of the public about the conditions of the puppies being kept at Jackson’s premises at West Town Farm, Stonehouse, inspectors from the Scottish SPCA attended and found a number of dogs housed in pens between two wooden sheds and a garage. The conditions were cramped, dirty and unhygienic. There was little bedding and a a lack of food and water. Water that was present appeared discoloured and littered with debris.

Morag Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care
Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care

The only food which the Scottish SPCA saw during their search was a mouldy tub of food teeming with maggots which had been left out for a Yorkshire Terrier and her newborn pups.

Breeder Morag Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care

During a search of the garage area, a West Highland Terrier type bitch named Abbey was found in a small pink carrier on a shelf.

The carrier was covered with cloth, the carrier had no bedding, food or water and was too small for the dog to even turn around. There was very little light entering the box due to the cloth and rubbish surrounding it. Abbey was underweight with a severe skin disease and almost total hair loss.

Morag Jackson failed to provide the necessary veterinary treatment or adequate nutrition for the 36 breeding dogs and puppies in her care

A total of 36 dogs were removed from the premises and taken into the care of Scottish SPCA centres across the country.

Most made a full recovery but some required ongoing treatment.

Gary Aitken, Procurator Fiscal, Wildlife and Environment described the case as “one of the worst cases of gross, widespread and indiscriminate neglect which the Crown has dealt with in recent times”.

Mr Aitken added: “These dogs were caused terrible and unnecessary suffering and Jackson failed to provide them with a suitable environment.

“We expect the highest standards of commercial dog breeders and are committed to working with the Scottish SPCA and the police to ensure that those who do not meet these standards are held to account.”

Sentencing:
200 hours of unpaid work, banned from keeping dogs for 15 years; forfeiture of the dogs in her care (expires August 2041).

Evening Times
Daily Record

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In January 2017 police and Scottish SPCA went to Jackson’s home to investigate reports that she was breaching her ban on keeping animals. Although Jackson attempted to obstruct their search and even kicked a police officer in the chest, four dogs were recovered and taken into the care of the SSPCA.

For this latest offence she was  sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.

GlasgowLive