Banned from keeping animals for failing to let dog see a vet

Bonnie, the West Highland Terrier, continues to be treated for a chronic skin condition. Pic: SSPCA
Bonnie, the West Highland Terrier, continues to be treated for a chronic skin condition. Pic: SSPCA

A man who failed to provide veterinary treatment for his dog has been given a £300 fine and a lifetime ban on keeping animals following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Robert Cook (59) of Graham Street, Wishaw, was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

He pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Scottish SPCA inspector Heather Lawson said: “This charge was dealt as Cook failed to provide veterinary treatment to Bonnie, a female West Highland Terrier, 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.”

If you wish to report an incident involving an injured or distressed animal call the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.

Anyone who is found guilty of abusing, neglecting or abandoning an animal can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.