Kirkintilloch woman pleads guilty to neglecting pet

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A CRUEL pet owner whose dog was left starving from neglect has been banned from ever owning another animal.

Anne Layden (54), of Blackdyke Road, Kirkintilloch, pled guilty to failing to provide necessary veterinary treatment and an adequate diet for her seven-year-old crossbreed dog named Max.

She was sentenced at Glasgow Sheriff Court last week following a successful investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

Scottish SPCA inspector Stacey Erwin said: “When we arrived at Layden’s property we could hear high-pitched yelps coming from inside.

“It was clear to anyone looking at Max that he needed help.

“He was emaciated, unsteady on his feet and suffering from a skin condition which covered nearly half of his back.

“He was also in a great deal of discomfort and distress.

“When we took Max to a vet he was assessed as being at least 5kg underweight and given a body score of just one, with one being emaciated and five being obese.

“Sadly, due to the severity of his condition, the vet had no option but to put Max to sleep and end any further suffering.

“This was a tragic outcome which could have been avoided had Layden sought veterinary treatment for Max.”

As well as receiving the ban, Layden was also fined £1,000 by the court.

Ms Erwin added: “In our opinion, Layden was aware of Max’s extremely poor condition yet failed to seek help for him. We are pleased Layden has been banned from owning animals for life as we believe she has demonstrated she is unfit to provide proper care.

“Pets rely on their owners entirely for their well-being and it is completely unacceptable for someone to ignore their animal while it suffers in silence.”

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