Animal Abuser Given Life Ban on Pet Ownership

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A Scottish man was given a life ban on pet ownership after allowing his four-year-old pit bull to starve. The dog, named Kiera, has since recovered and been adopted.

Norman Lowson, 60, of Alva, Clackmannanshire pleaded guilty to failing to provide an adequate and wholesome diet to his dog. When Kiera was found by Scottish SPCA officers she was reported to be emaciated.

“When we visited Lowson’s property in March 2012 we found Kiera to be in very poor condition,” said SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon. “All her ribs, spine and pelvic bones were visible and prominent and her head looked too big for her body. We removed her to be examined by a vet and the vet assessed her to have a body score of 1.5 with 1 being emaciated and 5 being obese.”

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Lowson was fined £315 ($515) and has been banned from owning animals. Section 40 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act of 2006 prevents Lowson from owning or keeping animals, working with them or providing any animal-related service.

“Thankfully Kiera made a full recovery in our care and she has since been re-homed to a loving family,” Seddon said. “We are delighted Lowson has received a life ban as he has demonstrated that he is unfit to provide an animal with even the most basic level of care.”




5 thoughts on “Animal Abuser Given Life Ban on Pet Ownership”

  1. Poor man who cant see that this is unacceptable! I think if we starve him till his bones show, he might remember to feed those dependent on him for food. This ban placed at 60 years has little resolve considering his age but it is better than nothing. Cant help thinking nothing is exactly what this bastard fed this dog! Perhaps a little prison time and 1 meal a week would make more sense for such a gross act of neglect. Pets=Love

  2. I am pleased that he has been given a lifetime ban from owning animals but as a friend pointed out to me (also a humane worker); this does not prevent a spouse, or resident in his home from owning an animal. As noted above “Section 40 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act of 2006 prevents Lowson from owning or keeping animals, working with them or providing any animal-related service.” While this is more than many Acts in different countries specify – which is wonderful – we need to do more. I’m not sure how it would be done but I can put a restraining order against someone who stalks or abuses me….I think for anyone who abuses animals (or children…they are all innocents)…the abuser should have a restraining order put against him by ALL animals and ALL children…. So, the ‘person’ could not frequent many places…I’m all for it…I do not think they should be walking amongst us anyway…I do not want them near my two legged, four legged and winged children anyway!

  3. Here I know of three families that go through the same cycle: accumulate large number of pets, can’t handle or afford the pets, fall into a pit of gross neglect and starvation, animals taken away, people forbidden to own more pets. Several months later, the people begin accumulating animals once again…etc. etc. etc. These are not minor cases. One woman was found with over 50 animals in her house, dogs, cats, goats, etc. ALL LIVING IN HER HOUSE. There was a court case, with pictures of the squalor and filth. She was not permitted to own over two dogs. When her house burnt to the ground last summer, there were an unknown number of dogs who perished in the fire. The only thing we know for sure is that there were way more than two. Another case is my friends neighbors. They have intervened in the starving of three cycles of dogs. This last case? The neighbors simply shot all the dogs and dumped them in the woods to hide them from the inspectors. WHY DO WE ALLOW THESE PEOPLE TO OWN ANIMALS AT ALL?!!!

  4. I agree with those comments! We do need to revise laws to extend these abusers consequences. And there seems to be a great need for follow up in many cases and encouragement for neighbors and friends to be able to assist in the process. Many cases are reported by those very people and they often see little long term resolve in those cases. We all have a voice, these voices can change laws and can speak in the name of justice for these animals. Despite many hurdles, we are getting stronger and louder in the fight against abuse and neglect. I myself will die with this cause in my heart and will fight everyday to bring justice to as many as I can in one lifetime. Thank you all for your comments and feedback, your intervention and opinions are vital to the pulse of this fight! Pets=Love


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