Dog owner fined £500 for neglect

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A DOG owner who cruelly neglected his Rottweiller has been fined £500 and banned from keeping animals for five years.

John Gullane, 42, left Zara starving in rooms contaminated with urine and faeces for extended periods of time.

When he found his pet was suffering from inflamed paws and had developed cancerous lumps, he failed to call a vet to treat her because he couldn’t afford an operation.

Zara, who Gullane had owned since she was a puppy, eventually had to be put down, Livingston Sheriff Court was told.

Gullane, from Winchburgh, appeared for sentence today after earlier pleading guilty to failing to ensure the animal’s needs were met between January 1 and July 13 this year.