Call for public to report their fears of animal abuse

The Scottish SPCA are calling on people in Moray to help them protect animals who might be suffering from neglect or abuse.

In a call that follows two horrific case in Elgin in recent weeks, the charity are seeking local help in reducing what they say is an “unimaginable” level of cruelty being encountered by their officers.

The call follows the conviction of Elgin woman Samantha Little, who was banned from owning animals for ten years after she had admitted starving lurcher collie Hamish to death. Investigations are also continuing after the emaciated body of a German shepherd cross-breed was found at Mayne Wood in Elgin.

Scottish SPCA investigators say that they are still seeking the owners of the female dog which was found wearing a pink collar and wrapped in a curtain. Mike Flynn, a chief superintendent for the charity, said: “The number of people banned from owning animals in Scotland is now at a record level and some of the cruelty we encounter is unimaginable.

“The public are our eyes and ears and we rely on them to contact us to report their concerns. Information can be provided anonymously and is always treated in the strictest confidence.

“Anyone who knows of an animal in distress should call the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

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