Community payback for dog neglect

Scottish SPCA
Scottish SPCA

A Midlothian woman who allowed her dog to starve has been convicted following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

Natalie Livingstone (24), of Hawthorn Crescent in Dalkeith, was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week, after pleading guilty to failing to provide a suitable diet and veterinary care for a female terrier named Indi, contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. She was given a lifetime ban from owning or keeping animals and a 100 hour community payback order.

A Scottish SPCA undercover inspector said: “When Livingstone took a severely underweight Indi to a vet, she claimed she had only taken ownership of her two days previously. The vet advised that Indi was severely malnourished and it was unlikely she would survive any treatment. Sadly, she had to be put to sleep to prevent any further suffering.

“A post-mortem examination confirmed Indi was malnourished and had no food in her stomach or intestines, indicating she had not eaten for the last 48 hours.

“Through our Facebook enquiries, we were able to determine that Livingstone was Indi’s owner and had been for some time.”