Local woman who ‘hobbled’ pet dog banned from keeping animals for ten years

An animal charity has hit out at a local woman who neglected three pet dogs.

Juliet Watson failed to provide a suitable diet and meet the needs of her dogs at her home in Methil, Fife.

The 42-year-old, who now lives in South Lanarkshire, was given a ten year ban on owning animals and a 12 month supervision order at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Watson admitted causing unnecessary suffering to German Shepherd Sasha, Doberman Casper and Rottweiler Diesel between June and September in 2016.

Sasha the German shepherd may have been “hobbled”

The case came about after an investigation by Scottish SPCA workers.

They discovered that one of the animals could have been “hobbled”, when one of the dog’s legs is tied to its neck to restrict movement.

One of the dogs overgrown nails

Another dog was found to have been tangled in a bandage – despite there being no evidence of it suffering an injury.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, Senior Inspector Steven Gray said: “These charges were dealt as Watson failed to provide suitable diet and meet the needs of the three dogs.

“Upon veterinary examination, all three were noted to be obviously underweight, with body scores of 1/9, all weighing half of what is healthy for their breed. All three were found to have overgrown nails.

All three dogs were underweight

“A bandage was removed from Sasha’s front leg, once the tangled bandage was removed no evidence of an injury either recent or previously healed could be found. It is possible she may have been hobbled to restrict movement.

“Diesel, Casper and Sasha were taken to one of our centres where they received care and an appropriate diet. Once they fully recovered we found them loving forever homes.

“I’m happy the courts have dealt with this case, however it further highlights our push for tougher and more consistent sentencing. This level of neglect didn’t happen overnight and could have easily been avoided.”