Man jailed after leaving dog in ‘unimaginable pain’ with elastic band wrapped around its head

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Pet dog Glenn was found with untreated head wounds. (SWNS)
Border collie Glenn was found with untreated head wounds. (SWNS)

A pet owner has been jailed after his dog was found to have an elastic band embedded in its face causing deep wounds which became infected.

Kevin Hunter, 53, was charged with failing to seek veterinary treatment for his one-year-old border collie, Glenn.

The dog was found with untreated head wounds at Hunter's home in Larkhall, Glasgow, last summer.

An elastic band had been wrapped so tightly around its head and throat that it had become embedded in the wounds and infected over approximately two weeks.

Hunter was sentenced to two months in prison and handed a five-year ban from keeping animals at Hamilton Sheriff Court earlier this month.

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Glenn is making progress from his injuries and has been rehomed. (SWNS)
Glenn is making progress from his injuries and has been rehomed. (SWNS)

The sentence followed an investigation from the Scottish SPCA.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Jack Marshall said: “On 31 July we received a call regarding a dog at the address who had sustained wounds following an attack by another dog.

"The caller was concerned that Hunter had not sought veterinary treatment for these wounds.

“When we attended the wounds on Glenn’s head were immediately visible."

He said Hunter was vague about when the wounds had occurred, initially claiming he was unaware of the injury and it may have occurred days before the visit.

Inspector Marshall added: “The vet estimated it’s likely Glenn had been left in this state for closer to two weeks due to the extent of the damage caused by the elastic band and the infection that was present.

“This would have caused Glenn unimaginable pain and suffering."

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Glenn has since been rehomed.

Inspector Marshall said: “Thankfully, Glenn made good consistent progress with veterinary attention in our care and once his wounds had healed he was rehomed successfully in the weeks that followed.

“We’re glad that Hunter has received a prison sentence and a ban on keeping animals for five years.

“We hope he seriously reconsiders his ability to care for any animal in the future."

It is still unclear how or why the elastic band came to be on the dog’s head.

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