A WOMAN has been given a five year ban from owning animals after leaving her two dogs severely malnourished and with protruding ribs. 

Rose Galbraith Innes, 48, was found guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday, December 10, of causing unnecessary suffering to Toby and Scamp. 

She is said to have failed to provide adequate diet or veterinary treatment for the two dogs and has been admonished and given the ban following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

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Concerns were raised by a member of the public about the condition of the dogs in December 2017, leading to the Scottish SPCA visiting Innes’ property to check on the welfare of tri-colour spaniel Toby, 7, and brown crossbreed Scamp, 11.

Commenting on the investigation, Scottish SPCA inspector Emma Sergeant said: "After we opened our investigation, we tried our best to work with the accused but were denied entry to her house.

"Innes eventually took Toby and Scamp to a veterinary practice and upon inspection both were given a body score of 2/9 with their hips, bones and spine clearly prominently protruding.

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"Innes was given clear feeding advice by the vet and the practice raised concerns with us about the conditions of both animals.

“She failed to show for a follow-up appointment later that month, leaving the Scottish SPCA with no choice but to secure a warrant to remove the dogs from her care. At the time they were removed Toby and Scamp were malnourished and severely underweight."

After having the pair of pooches taken from her care, the Cumbernauld woman was given the five year ban on Monday. 

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Both Toby and Scamp were taken to an animal welfare centre. However, one of the dogs was not able to be rehomed. 

Inspector Sergeant added: “Toby and Scamp were both taken to our animal rescue and re-homing centre in Lanarkshire.

Sadly, Scamp developed lameness in his right hind limb in October and scans revealed he had a tumour in his leg and malignant bone cancer which had spread.

It is unlikely this was related to his physical condition and, as would have been the case if he were living in a domestic environment, he was put to sleep on welfare grounds in October.

“Thankfully, Toby has made a full recovery and following Innes’ sentencing he can now be re homed.

“We welcome the lengthy ban given to Innes and it underlines that animal cruelty is unacceptable.”