#TheList Robert Cook, born 25/09/1959, of Graham St, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire ML2 8HR and more recently 8 Parks View, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 7SW – left Westie Bonnie to suffer with multiple health problems, including a severely inflamed skin condition
Cook pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the West Highland Terrier under section 19 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Commenting on the case, Scottish SPCA inspector Heather Lawson said: “This charge was dealt as Cook failed to provide veterinary treatment to Bonnie who, upon vet examination, was found to have an atopic skin disease, infected ear canals and gingivitis.
“She had very little hair covering any part of her body, the small amount of hair that was present was matted and her skin was severely inflamed, sore, greasy, and covered with scabs and sores.
“Bonnie was taken to one of our centres where she received various, ongoing veterinary treatments. To date she continues to improve and is bright, alert and happy to interact with the staff. Her skin is not painful, but will continue to be treated since her skin condition is chronic.
“We welcome the fact that Mr Cook has pled guilty in court and the sentence handed down. This is a hugely positive step forward for animal welfare.”
Sentence: £300 fine and lifetime ban.