Dog owner banned for life

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A woman has been banned from keeping pets for life after she was convicted of neglecting her 20-year-old dog.

Janice Hoey (47), formerly of Laurel Drive, Craigneuk, was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community work when she appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

She was found guilty of failing to get treatment for her elderly crossbreed Snowy which was suffering from a burst tumour.

Hoey, now of Woodside Crescent, Newmains, had denied the charge.

After the case Inspector Sam McDonald, of the Scottish SSPCA, said: “Hoey had initially tried to hand Snowy in to a police station as a stray because she knew she would not be able to afford the vet fees.

“Sadly, the vet’s opinion was that to prevent any further suffering the most humane option for Snowy was to be put to sleep.

“Having no money for vet bills is not a reasonable excuse to leave an animal to suffer in silence.

“This was a tragic case where a loyal and elderly dog spent its last days in pain and distress instead of being taken to a vet for help, so we welcome Hoey’s sentence.”