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Robert Porter given ban for leaving dogs in hot car

A man who left dogs inside a vehicle during a hot summer day has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Robert Porter was found guilty of causing his two Jack Russell terriers suffering in a Clydebank Shopping Centre car park on 4 June.

The 54-year-old, from Glasgow, was convicted after an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court, Porter was given a deprivation order, meaning the dogs will not be returned to his care.

'Unfit' owner

He was also ordered to pay the Scottish SPCA £250 in compensation.

The animal charity's senior Inspector Nicky Scott said: "What makes this case all the more worrying is that one of our inspectors had advised Porter of the dangers of leaving his dogs in his vehicle just weeks before, yet he chose to ignore their welfare needs to go shopping on one of the hottest days of the year.

"Porter also changed his story saying that his dogs had been left for only 20 minutes to actually having been left for over an hour-and-a-half.

"We are pleased Porter has received a ban on keeping animals as, in our opinion, he is unfit to provide proper care. Both dogs will now be found a loving new home."

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