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Life ban for Aberdeenshire dog starve woman Tracey Scougall

An Aberdeenshire woman whose starving dog died after she failed to look after it properly has been banned for life from keeping them.

Tracey Scougall admitted failing to give enough food or water to Buffy the Staffordshire bull terrier.

The eight-year-old pet had been dead for three days when Scottish SPCA officers found the dog's body in a garden shed in Pitmedden last year.

Scougall was also sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work.

'Gross neglect'

Sheriff Philip Hammond, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, told her the images of her pet's emaciated body were "distressing and appalling" to look at.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Carle said after the case: "We are delighted Scougall has received a life ban on keeping dogs.

"However, we believe that this was a case of gross neglect and therefore we would have welcomed an outright ban on keeping animals.

"In our opinion Scougall has demonstrated that she is unfit to provide any animal with even the most basic level of care."

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