Woman banned from keeping dogs

A WOMAN who admitted starving her dog to death in an Aberdeenshire village has been banned from keeping them for life.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard previously that the emaciated remains of Tracey Scougall’s Staffordshire bull terrier were found at her Pitmedden home.

She admitted causing the pet unnecessary suffering by failing to provide veterinary attention or an adequate diet.

Sentence had been deferred until Wednesday of last week for background reports and an assessment of the welfare of her cats.

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

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

Sheriff Peter Hammond heard that the cats had been inspected and were in a good condition. He did not extend the ban to them.

Scougall was also sentenced to a nine-month supervised community payback order, and will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.