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SSPCA in call for tougher punishments after man failed to look after pet dog

Jo-Jo the whippet pictured shortly after he was recovered by the SSPCA

A man who failed to provide adequate nutrition and veterinary treatment to his Whippet dog – leaving it to be half the weight it should have been – has been fined.

Robert Blackwood was given a £400 fine following a Scottish SPCA investigation and has led to an animal welfare officer calling for tougher sentences.

The 55-year-old Fife man plead guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his pet Jo-Jo under section 19 of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

The pooch was found to be severely malnourished when examined by SSPCA officers. Jo-Jo is recovering well and will soon be needing a new home.

Commenting on the investigation and court case, SSPCA Inspector Sarah Gregory said: “This charge was dealt as Blackwood failed to provide adequate nutrition and veterinary treatment to Jo-Jo, a male Whippet, who, upon vet examination was scored with a body condition score of 1/9 with ribs and pelvic bones easily evident from a distance.

“He weighed 8.15kg, which is just over half of what he should have, and had nearly no body fat.

“Jo-Jo was taken to one of our centres where he received weight monitoring, care and an appropriate diet.

“To date he continues to improve and is bright, alert and happy to interact with the staff. Once Jo-Jo has fully recovered we will find him a loving forever home.

Inspector Gregory added: “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.”

Blackwood, of Martin Crescent, Ballingry was sentenced at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on 15 August.