The Scottish SPCA has said it is disappointed that a man who did not provide his dog with pet meds has not been banned from keeping animals.
Kenneth Sime, from Findochty, allowed his German Shepherd, Sultan, to suffer from a painful ear infection by not providing the animal with the medical attention he needed.
Mr Sime appeared in court on May 3rd and it was ruled that he was allowed to keep Sultan.
Lesley Crockett, senior inspector for the charity, said: "His infection could have been easily treated when it first developed and there is no doubt that he was caused a great deal of pain and discomfort as a result of Sime's neglect.
"Following our investigation Sime has been convicted of causing an animal unnecessary suffering and now has a criminal record."
She added that it is disappointing that Sultan has returned home with Mr Sime despite the suffering he caused the animal and the hundreds of pounds the charity paid to treat Sultan's condition.