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Man jailed for leaving pet in 'appalling conditions'

Monday, 26th March 2012

A man has been jailed for three months and banned from owning dogs for three years for leaving his pet in "appalling conditions".

John McGowan, 46, from Peterhead, had left the animal in a room with no water. The dog, an Alaskan Malamute called Balto, was found in the room, which was covered in faeces and urine.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Carle said: “Poor Balto had been left all alone in appalling conditions and was so thirsty when we found him that he drank four bowls of water without stopping.

"The smell of urine and faeces in McGowan's property was overpowering as Balto had been forced to use his home as a toilet."

He added that thankfully, the animal can now find a loving new home. Mr Carle also noted that the charity is pleased with Mr McGowan's conviction as it sends out a message that animal neglect will not be tolerated.

Balto is now looking for an experienced owner who can offer him plenty of outdoor access and exercise.

Debbie Innes, assistant manager of the Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, where Balto is staying, described him as sweet and affectionate.