Lochgilp­head man given com­mu­nity ser­vice and 10-year ban for dog cru­elty

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Lochgilp­head man left three dogs, one with a lit­ter of five pup­pies, locked in his flat with­out enough to eat and drink in filthy con­di­tions, Oban Sher­iff Court was told.

The dogs were so hun­gry they had at­tempted to eat plas­tic bags; the mother, hav­ing whelped, was sick and ema­ci­ated and when po­lice and an­i­mal wel­fare per­son­nel en­tered the premises they were met with an ‘over­pow­er­ing stench of am­mo­nia’ from urine and so much fae­ces that it was dif­fi­cult to open one door to get to the an­i­mals.

Gary Mark An­der­son, aged 30, of 49 Union Street, ad­mit­ted that be­tween March 16 and April 16 this year the dogs were in his home and that he, be­ing re­spon­si­ble for Spirit, Sasquatch and Shantiei, all Husky-type fe­male dogs the lat­ter with five de­pen­dent pups, failed to take such steps as were rea­son­able in the cir­cum­stances to en­sure the needs of the an­i­mals were met to the ex­tent re­quired by good prac­tice; fail­ing to pro­vide a suit­able liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and left the dogs in filthy liv­ing con­di­tions, failed to pro­vide a com­fort­able and clean rest­ing area and ap­pro­pri­ate drink­ing wa­ter and an ad­e­quate diet and failed to pro­tect them from suf­fer­ing.

A num­ber of neigh­bours alerted the po­lice be­cause the dogs kept on bark­ing. Of­fi­cers went to the prop­erty but An­der­son was not home.

‘Look­ing through the let­ter box they could see one dog in the hall and see the liv­ing room door closed with a rope,’ procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes. ‘There was a strong smell of am­mo­nia.’

The amount and state of dog fae­ces showed the an­i­mals had been there for some time.

An­der­son was traced and the Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil dog war­den and the Scot­tish So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SSPCA) were con­tacted. When they en­tered the flat the full ex­tent of the dogs’ con­di­tion was dis­cov­ered.

On ex­am­i­na­tion the bitch that had given birth was found to be ema­ci­ated, run­ning a tem­per­a­ture, suf­fer­ing an in­fec­tion, di­ar­rhoea and der­mati­tis.

An­der­son told the po­lice he was not the owner of the dogs; he was look­ing after them for some­one.

The fis­cal added: ‘When in­ter­viewed, he re­peated he was not the owner and he said he felt the liv­ing con­di­tions were suit­able, and he fed the dogs reg­u­larly, and his po­si­tion was that de­spite con­di­tions in the house they had only been liv­ing in the house for a week.’

An­der­son told the sher­iff: ‘The dogs spent all their lives liv­ing in a Tran­sit van. They were only taken out due to hav­ing the pups.’

Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes said any­one hear­ing the de­tails would be shocked.

He or­dered that An­der­son un­der­take 200 hours of un­paid work in the com­mu­nity to be com­pleted within 12 months. He also im­posed a 10-year ban on An­der­son pre­vent­ing him from own­ing, keep­ing, work­ing, us­ing or tak­ing charge of an­i­mals.

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