#TheList Roy Paterson, born 1955, of Greenpark Drive, Falkirk FK2 0QA – left his dog locked in a car in direct sunlight as temperatures soared
Roy Paterson was charged with animal cruelty over an incident in St Andrews on July 23 , 2018 – a day when temperatures hit 25 degrees celsius in the Fife town.
Paterson had denied the charge but was found guilty after a two-day trial.
Passers-by had called police to a car park in Argyle Street in St Andrews, after spotting the dog locked in the back of a Volvo estate car. Attending officers found the dog “heavily panting and in distress”. As the police considered him to be behaving aggressively because of the heat, they also summoned a vet to the scene.
PC Jonathan Gordon told the court he was one of the first two officers on the scene around 45 minutes after police were first called.
He said: “Members of the public were making comments about the dog – that it was shocking and it was a shame.
“It was agreed to gain entry to the vehicle and we smashed the back nearside window.
“The vet went in to the car to take control of the dog.
“The dog’s collar had a number and my colleague called it and the accused and a female arrived shortly after.
“He was obviously very upset that we had gained entry and said he had done enough for the dog and tried to justify himself by saying the windows had been cracked open and a water bowl had been left.
“He was adamant it was justifiable to do what he had done and stated we should be paying for the damage.”
A sheriff ruled Paterson had caused the dog unnecessary suffering by leaving him “exposed to excessive temperatures” – and convicted him of the crime.
Sentencing: fined £250.