Woman admits starving dog to death

AN ABERDEENSHIRE woman has admitted starving her dog to death.

A court heard that the emaciated remains of Tracey Scougall’s Staffordshire bull terrier were found in a garden shed at her Pitmedden home.

Scougall, 32, of Seton Terrace, Pitmedden, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday of last week and admitted causing the dog, called Buffy, unnecessary suffering by failing to provide her with the veterinary attention she required, and an adequate diet.

Sentence was deferred on Scougall until next month for reports.

The court was told that police alerted the Scottish SPCA about the dog and the grim discovery was made in a shed at Scougall’s home in April of last year.

A post mortem examination revealed that the dog was underweight, had severe dehydration and no food in its system.

Fiscal depute Felicity Primrose handed photographs of the dead animal to Sheriff Peter Hammond, who described them as “very disturbing”.

She said the Crown was recommending that Scougall should be banned from owning animals for life.

Defence solicitor Gail Wiggins asked the court to consider an exception being made to any order, allowing her client to keep several cats she owns.

Sheriff Hammond deferred sentence for the Scottish SCPA to report back on the welfare of the cats.

He also called for background reports on Scougall, who is due to be sentenced on August 15.

Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector John Carle said, “We are pleased Scougall has admitted this offence.

“A post-mortem revealed Buffy was emaciated and weighed just 10kgs as a result of not being fed an adequate diet for a significant period of time. She was also severely dehydrated when she died.

“It is now up to the court to decide on an appropriate punishment.”