Starving dog owner Stacey Moran gets 20 year animal ban
A woman from North Lanarkshire has been banned from keeping animals for 20 years for allowing her dog to became so emaciated that it ate its own faeces.
Stacey Moran, 27, from Coatbridge, admitted a charge of neglecting her one-year-old crossbreed dog Sasha and failing to get it veterinary attention.
Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how the animal was found in a dirty room covered in rubbish and faeces.
Sasha has now made a full recovery and been re-homed by the Scottish SPCA.
The animal charity's Inspector Sam MacDonald said they were alerted by the local housing department following concerns that animals may have been abandoned in Moran's home.
After gaining entry to her property, they found the dog in a rubbish-strewn room.
"There was no food or water available for her and she was extremely underweight with her spine and ribs easy to feel through her long, fluffy coat," Insp MacDonald said.
"I immediately took Sasha to a vet for examination and she was found to weigh only 4.5kg when a dog of her size should be around 7kg. She was given a body score of 1.5, with one being emaciated and five being obese."
"Shockingly, the vet found evidence that Sasha had been eating her own faeces, which demonstrates how desperately hungry she was."
Insp MacDonald said that Moran claimed she had been on holiday for three days and a family member had been left responsible for feeding her dog.
"But it was clear that Sasha's condition had developed over a much longer period of time," the inspector added.
"She gave no reasonable explanation for Sasha's condition and therefore we considered this to be a case of gross neglect.
"Thankfully, Sasha made a full recovery in our care, gaining 2.35kg through simple, adequate feeding and we were delighted to find her a loving new home with a responsible owner."