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Owner in animal ban after dog was kept in cupboard and starved

Matthew Fleming admitted letting his greyhound Edge become so emaciated that he couldn't stand

Edge, greyhound dog owned by Stonehouse man Matthew James Fleming found in starving condition by Scottish SPCA
Scottish SPCA

A man who starved and neglected his pet dog has been banned from owning animals for eight years.

Matthew James Fleming, 23, from Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire, was also fined £750 for the way he treated Edge, his greyhound.

He was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Fleming pled guilty to failing to provide adequate nutrition and necessary veterinary attention for his 13-year-old dog.

The charity said that, during questioning, Fleming admitted being aware that Edge had been in very poor health for a month and in a collapsed state five days before they found him.

The animals was found lying in its own excrement in a cupboard at Fleming's home.

He was half the weight he should have been, and was too weak to stand.

He had to be put down by the vet because he was in such a poor condition.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Gillian Dick, who found the dog, said: "Edge was severely emaciated and all his bones were visible and protruding through his skin.

"There was no fat or muscle tone on his body whatsoever.

"He also had pressure sores as a result of having no body fat and being unable to move for long periods of time.

"I immediately took Edge to a vet where he was assessed as weighing 14.8kgs, when a dog of his breed and size should have weighed 30kgs.

"Sadly, the vet decided that his condition was so severe there was no choice but to put him to sleep to end his suffering.

"Fleming failed to provide even the most basic level of needs for Edge. I hope Fleming will now be able to reflect on this case and the consequences of his failure to provide Edge with nutrition and veterinary attention.

"We also hope he will give serious consideration over his ability to care for any other animal once his eight-year ban is over."

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