HOUSING officials struggling to cope with lengthy waiting lists are facing claims that two dogs have been living alone in a council flat while the tenant has spent most of his time elsewhere.
Neighbours in Glenmore Avenue, Bellshill, say the one-bedroom property has effectively lain empty, apart from the pets, for many months.
The allegation was flatly denied by North Lanarkshire Council, which has 16,000 people on its housing waiting lists, but witnesses insisted to the Speaker that they only ever saw the tenant when he returned to feed the dogs.
The situation came to a head last week when officers from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals finally took the Jack Russell terriers away.
One neighour said the dogs were starving and in a bad way.
For full story see April 4 edition of the Bellshill Speaker.