Cruel dog breeder handed 15 year ban for neglect

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Two puppies found in a small container with a West Highland terrier suffering with a severe skin complaint and alopecia. Pic: Scottish SPCA

Animal welfare charity the Scottish SPCA's investigation found 36 breeding dogs and puppies being kept in "disgusting conditions"

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3rd February 2017 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

A Lanarkshire woman who bred dogs in “disgusting conditions” and failed to get them the necessary veterinary treatment has been given a 15 year ban following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Morag Jackson, 55, of Stonehouse, has had her appeal denied after being sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court on 11 August 2016.

Jackson was said to have housed 36 breeding dogs and puppies in two wooden sheds and garage.

One West Highland terrier, who was hidden away in a carrier, had a severe skin complaint and alopecia. She had no access to light, food or water. 

“The canines were being kept in disgusting conditions, the bedding was soaked with urine and there was a lot of faeces,” Scottish SPCA Inspector Joanne Boyle said.

“There was a lack of food and water available for the dogs, any water which was present appeared discoloured and littered with debris, it was completely inappropriate for any animal to be supplied with.

“The dogs had a series of health ailments which could have been easily treated with veterinary treatment. A number of the dogs had a lice infestation and bad skin conditions which would have been causing them a lot of pain and discomfort.

“We welcome the fact that Jackson has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down. We hope she will give serious consideration about her suitability to care for other animals in the future.”

All the dogs have since received the proper treatment and have made a full recovery.