Dog owner admits neglect
David Knox • Published 25 Jul 2012 11:00
A SELKIRK man has been banned from looking after his dog after failing to take advice from a local vet.
Martin Alexander was offered free veterinary consultations at the end of last year when he was seen walking his severely underweight Belgian Shepherd in Galashiels.
After ignoring warnings to increase Mack's food and failing to appear for further vet appointments, the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals were alerted.
Officers from the welfare charity removed Mack in February - his weight was only 18.2kgs. Within seven weeks of care he had returned to a normal size of 29.2kgs.
This week, 20-year-old Alexander of Ettrick Road in Selkirk admitted causing his dog unnecessary suffering by failing to provide him with enough food.
He was ordered to give up ownership of his Belgian Shepherd and told to carry out 100 hours community service.
Senior SSPCA Inspector Jenny Scott said: "We are pleased that Alexander
admitted causing his dog unnecessary suffering and we are relieved that
Mack has now been signed over into our care.
"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
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