Dundee woman admits dumping sick dog in bin

Heather Stott abandoned Dougall the dog in an industrial bin. He later had to be put down by a vet.

A woman has admitted dumping a sick dog in a bin while he was still alive.

Heather Stott abandoned her pet, a pointer crossbreed called Dougall, in an industrial waste bin on Dundonald Street.

He was left with no water or food and unable to escape.

Dougall was taken to the vet and had to be put down.

Stott, 58, of Court Street, admitted two charges of animal cruelty at Dundee Sheriff Court.

She admitted that between March 19 and April 15, at Court Street, while being responsible for an animal she caused the animal unnecessary suffering.

The charge states she knew or ought to have known that her actions would have caused suffering to the animal.

She committed the offence by failing to provide adequate care and treatment for the dog which was suffering from emaciation, dehydration and dental disease.

She further admitted a second charge that between April 14 and 15, at Dundonald Street, while being responsible for Dougall, she abandoned the animal without reasonable excuse and in circumstances where it was likely to cause him unnecessary suffering.

Stott committed this offence by abandoning Dougall in an industrial waste bin without access to nutrition or water and no means of escape.

Stott and her 71-year-old sister Norma Stott, also of Court Street, were both originally charged following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA, but Norma had the charges against her dropped by the Crown.

Sheriff Richard Macfarlane said: “These charges make anxious reading, particularly charge two, but they are both serious.

“Sentencing options need to be explored here so I will defer sentencing for reports.”

Stott’s sentence was deferred until June 14.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to Dougall’s plight when a member of the public noticed him while disposing of rubbish at Dundonald Street on April 15 last year.

He was severely malnourished, dehydrated and was unable to stand.

A public appeal was launched in a bid in a bid for information.