Health board boss banned from keeping animals

Friday, 15th June 2012

A health board chairman has been banned from keeping animals for five years after leaving his pet pooch without adequate dog food or water.

Michael Keggans, chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway for four years, was also fined £900 after admitting to leaving his dog unattended for over a week at a house in Thornhill in March last year.

Sheriff George Jamieson at Dumfries Sheriff Court said: "One might have thought that a man in your position would so organise his affairs so that this could not happen."

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that Mr Keggans did leave some food and water for his golden retriever Millie but Scottish SPCA officials were soon called to the house after hearing the dog's cries.

An inspector discovered the dog had a heavily matted coat, was lying in puddles of urine and found that two bowls in the kitchen had no food or water.

The inspector fed and watered the dog but 27 hours later there was still no sign of Mr Keggans.

Solicitor Vicki McMinn revealed that Mr Keggans was forced to stay overnight in Dundee and Edinburgh at short notice due to work commitments.