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Cell death investigation concluded

LOTHIAN AND Borders Police have concluded their investigation into the death of a Greyhound, which was left to starve at Dalkeith police station in Edinburgh after being handed in as a stray.

The dog’s death provoked widespread condemnation from animal welfare groups and promoted reassurances from spokespeople within the force that the incident was being treated with the highest level of seriousness.

As reported previously, the stray, which died of thirst, was picked up by officers and taken to Dalkeith police station in Midlothian on 2 January. The dog was placed in a holding kennel but it is thought the officer at the front desk who logged its details did not pass on the information.
Police only became aware something was wrong when they noticed a bad smell from the kennel in the station courtyard on 12 January and discovered the dog’s dead body inside.

A force spokesman at the time said: ‘This is a tragic situation and we express our sympathy. We want to stress we are treating this matter very seriously. We are appointing a senior officer to investigate all the circumstances. We also reported the matter to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) and they've allocated a senior officer to carry out a separate independent inquiry. We would not want at this stage to pre-judge either inquiry but we are determined that they will be thorough. The inquiry will also determine whether conduct proceedings are necessary.’

A spokeswoman for the SSPCA added that they had offered their assistance to the police during the investigation.

Last week, a spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed that the investigation was indeed complete, but the findings had been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, who will now offer a verdict on whether disciplinary or legal proceedings will take place.

The Procurator Fiscal's duties are similar to that of the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales, and will normally take the case for the prosecution in cases such as this.

OUR DOGS will continue to monitor and report on any developments in this matter.