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Starved greyhound: no charges made

POLICE OFFICERS who left a stray dog to die after it was handed in to their station will not face criminal charges.

Four months after the body of emaciated racing greyhound Bushmills Major was found dead in a kennel, a report in the Scottish Daily Record newspaper last week suggests there will be no prosecutions.

The three-year-old racing dog was left at Dalkeith Police Station, Midlothian, on January 2 by his owner's son who lied that the dog was a stray.

The dog was locked in a kennel at the back of the station but animal welfare workers were not told he had been handed in and no record was made of the dog's arrival in the station logbook.
It was 10 days before his body was found. The dog’s body was then dumped in a bin – an illegal act in itself - which was emptied before police bosses were informed of the dog’s death.

According to the Record, a spokesman for the Scottish Crown Office – the equivalent of the Crown Proecution Service in England and Wales – insisted that prosecutors were still considering the case but sources said the lack of a body made charges impossible to bring.

David Melville, of the the Greyhound Awareness League, was quoted as saying that to bring no prosecutions was ‘astonishing’.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘We have submitted a report to the procurator fiscal and are waiting for a decision.’

Borders and Midlothian police are said to be carrying out their own inquiry.

Helen Stevens of South Devon Greyhound Action told OUR DOGS: ‘It is beyond belief that the neglectful police officer who forgot to note that the dog had been brought in to the station has not been charged with this offence due to the lack of the dog's body being used as evidence. How pathetic is this? There were witnesses around and what about the people that threw the dog's body in the bin, surely these witnesses are enough to warrant a prosecution.

‘Yet again we find the law in favour of the perpetrator and not the victim. Shame on the Crown Office for their lousy laws and shame on the greyhound racing industry for creating the problem in the first place of unwanted greyhounds.’