A Leslie man who failed to provide his dog essential veterinary treatment following a Scottish SPCA investigation has received a five year ban on keeping animals.
Thomas Purdie (22), of Paterson Park was sentenced at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
Purdie was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his dog Duke, a tan coloured male lurcher type, by failing to provide necessary veterinary attention contrary to section 19 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In addition to the ban Purdie was also handed a £300 fine and was subject to a deprivation order, whereby care of his dog was awarded to the Scottish SPCA.
Senior Inspector Steven Gray said officers attended in March last year following a call about an injured dog.
He said: “Initially Purdie was reluctant to show us Duke but eventually agreed. He also stated that he had just got the dog.
“Duke was locked in a kennel outside of the house and on first inspection it appeared he had an obvious open wound to his front leg and various older wounds to his muzzle and body.
“At this point I advised Purdie that Duke would need immediate veterinary treatment and that under section 32 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 we would be taking the injured dog into our care to ensure this.”
Mr Gray said that Purdie became abusive and the police were called. At this point he ran off with the dog and was later found hiding in bushes.
He ran away when confronted again, but was eventually tracked down and Duke was taken to a vet.
On sentencing, the Senior Inspector added: “We are pleased Purdie received a five year ban on keeping animals and hope he will reflect on the consequences of his failure to provide his pet with treatment.”
“The deprivation order means that we can now find Duke the loving home he deserves.”