South Scotland

Lockerbie dog owner banned over emaciated spaniels

A woman whose three springer spaniels were found emaciated by Scottish SPCA officers has been banned by a sheriff from keeping dogs for ten years.

The three underweight pets, with their ribs and pelvis showing, were found at Lorna Mawson's home in Lockerbie.

Vets concluded that the dogs had been suffering from a lack of nutrition for about three months.

Mawson, 31, admitted causing the dogs unnecessary suffering over a two-month period to November last year.

Fiscal depute Jennifer McGill told Dumfries Sheriff Court that one dog weighed 11.9kg when it should have been between 16kg and 18kg.

Solicitor Ranald Lindsay said that Mawson had been under considerable stress - both emotional and financial - and had not realised how severe the situation had become.

In addition to the ban, sentence on Mawson was deferred for 12 months and she was warned to be of good behaviour.

Commenting on the investigation and outcome, Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector Hamish MacKintosh said: "We welcome the ten year ban on keeping dogs imposed on Mawson.

"We hope Mawson will give serious consideration to her ability to care for animals again once her ban is over."

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