A woman who abandoned her poorly, elderly dog in a dustbin to die has been given 80 hours of community service and banned from keeping animals for life.

Dougal was found, abandoned in an industrial waste bin. IMAGE: Scottish SPCA.

The dog, named Dougal, was discovered huddled in the bin where he was found to be emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia. Due to his level of suffering, the decision was made to euthanise him.

Unnecessary suffering

At Dundee Sheriff Court, Heather Stott, 58, of Court Street, Dundee, admitted causing Dougal unnecessary suffering through:

  • failing to provide a suitable diet for Dougal, which led to complications to his health, with no veterinary treatment being sought
  • abandoning him in an industrial waste bin that would have caused him to suffer

Scottish SPCA inspector Clare Anderson said: “This was a very cruel incident where an elderly dog was dumped in a bin to die. There had been no effort to seek veterinary care for him, which prolonged his suffering.”

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13 days 12 hours ago

80 hours of community service and banned from keeping animals for life. Is that all. She should get jail for that.


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