Man to stand trial ac­cused of leav­ing dog shut in car

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A man is to stand trial ac­cused of leav­ing a dog shut in a car on one of the hottest days of the year.

Roy Paterson is al­leged to have left the an­i­mal in a ve­hi­cle “with no means of es­cape” in di­rect sun light.

Pros­e­cu­tors say that as a re­sult the dog was “ex­posed to ex­ces­sive tem­per­a­tures”.

The in­ci­dent is said to have hap­pened on July 23 in Ar­gyle Street, St An­drews, when tem­per­a­tures hit 25C in the Fife town – one of the high­est recorded in the area in 2018.

Paterson, 63, of Green­park Drive, Pol­mont, de­nied a charge un­der the An­i­mal Health and Wel­fare (Scot­land) Act on sum­mary com­plaint at Dundee Sher­iff Court.

Sher­iff John Raf­ferty set a trial date in March and or­dered Paterson to ap­pear at a pre-trial hear­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

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