South Scotland

Selkirk dog suffering sentence welcomed

Image caption Alexander admitted failing to provide enough food for his Belgian shepherd Mack

Animal cruelty officers have welcomed the sentence given to a Borders man who caused his dog unnecessary suffering.

Martin Alexander, 20, of Ettrick Road, Selkirk, failed to provide enough food for his Belgian shepherd Mack.

He admitted the offence at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was given 100 hours community service and ordered to give up ownership of the dog.

The Scottish SPCA said it was "relieved" that the pet had been signed over to its care.

Senior Inspector Jenny Scott said: "It's sad and frustrating that Mack suffered through a basic lack of feeding as this was entirely avoidable and easily remedied.

"Thankfully he quickly gained weight in our kennels following a simple feeding regime."

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