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'Unthinkably cruel' woman dumped dog in wheelie bin

Dougal Image copyright SSPCA
Image caption Dougal was found by a member of the public and later put to sleep by a vet

A woman has admitted dumping her emaciated and dehydrated dog in a wheelie bin in Dundee.

Heather Stott, 58, admitted failing to look after the dog, called Dougal, at her home last year.

The severely malnourished male pointer crossbreed was subsequently discovered in a bin in the city's Dundonald Street.

The dog, which had a black bag wrapped around it, was taken to a vet, who made the decision to put it to sleep.

Stott admitted failing to provide adequate care and treatment for the dog, which was suffering from emaciation, dehydration and dental disease between 19 March and 15 April last year.

She also admitted abandoning the dog in an industrial waste bin without food or water, and with no means of escape.

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Image caption Heather Stott was told by a sheriff the charges were "serious matters"

A not guilty plea from her sister Norma Stott, 71, on the same charges was previously accepted by prosecutors.

Sheriff Richard McFarlane deferred sentence until 14 June for background reports.

He said: "The charges make anxious reading, in particular charge two. Both are serious matters."

Speaking after the discovery of Dougal last year, the Scottish SPCA's chief inspector John Carle, said: "The dog was estimated to be between 10 and 12 years old so we have to consider that he may have been abandoned due to his age, which is unthinkably cruel.

"This poor dog would have been absolutely terrified and was suffering a great deal when he was found."

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