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Woman avoids jail over dog dumped in wheelie bin

Dougal Image copyright SSPCA
Image caption Dougal was found by a member of the public and later put to sleep by a vet

A woman who dumped her emaciated and dehydrated dog in a wheelie bin has been banned from keeping animals.

Heather Stott, 58, avoided jail after admitting two charges under the Animal Health and Welfare Scotland Act in April 2016 at Dundee Sheriff Court.

The court heard that she neglected the pointer crossbreed before disposing of it in a commercial wheelie bin.

The gravely ill animal was eventually discovered by a member of the public but was later euthanized.

Defence solicitor Theo Finlay told the court: "She effectively inherited this dog from her son around four years ago.

"The dog was 16 or 17 years old."

No escape

Mr Findlay said the animal had developed health problems, including a benign obstruction that prevented it from eating properly. It also developed renal problems causing it to become dehydrated.

He told the court: "She thought it had died.

"Ultimately it was put in this bin. She was disposing of what she thought was the corpse."

Stott, of Cross Street, Dundee, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by failing to provide him with adequate care between 19 March and 15 April 2015.

She also admitted abandoning the animal in an industrial waste bin in Dundonald Street in Dundee on 14 or 15 April 2016, without food or water and with no means of escape.

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Image caption Heather Stott was told by a sheriff the charges were "serious matters"

Sheriff George Way imposed a disqualification order banning Stott from owning or keeping animals indefinitely.

He also placed her on a community payback order with 80 hours unpaid work.

The sheriff said: "I'm sure she didn't really intend this to happen in the way it did.

"By the same token, if you have a dog under your care I can't send out a message that it is acceptable."

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