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Inverness woman's five-year pet ban for rabbit neglect

A woman has been banned from keeping pets for five years after she admitted leaving two rabbits without food and proper shelter for several days.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Olivia Mackay, 17, was moving home at the time and thought she had arranged for her sister to care for the animals.

The rabbits were at the property she was moving from in Inverness.

Mother-of-two Mackay had left the pets without adequate care from 30 December 2010 until 4 January this year.

Depute fiscal Heather Swan said the rabbits were thin and living in filthy conditions in an exposed cage.

Scottish SPCA inspectors were called and later able to rehome the animals.

The court heard that, as well as moving home, Ms Mackay, of Inverness, also had responsibility for a young child who had brain damage.

Sheriff William Taylor told Mackay: "I am conscious of the considerable responsibilities that you have.

"I am going to impose a disqualification order where you do not own or keep animals for five years."

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