A woman has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after she failed to take her dog to a vet – despite it suffering from a womb infection “for a number of weeks”.
Amanda Cleghorn pled guilty to causing her 11-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, called Jasminr, to suffer unnecessarily with a womb infection and chronic joint disease.
The 39-year-old,will now have to complete 90 hours of community service order to be completed within five months following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
The Glenrothes woman was sentenced at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on September 21.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Andrew Gray, who first came across Jasmine, said the dog was in pain and vets were left with little option in putting the pooch to sleep.
He said: “When I was called out to the property I was very concerned as Jasmine was in a lot of pain and could barely walk. She was very thin with some bloating at the stomach area and also had discharge hanging from her rear end.
“Jasmine had been suffering from chronic painful osteoarthritis for months, if not years, and had been suffering from her womb infection for a number of weeks.
“Sadly due to Jasmine’s condition and poor quality of life, a vet decided the kindest thing for her was to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.
“We welcome the fact that Cleghorn 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.”