Georgina Bretman, 28, injected her black-and-white cocker spaniel, Florence, a drug that made the animal collapse and suffer from convulsions and seizures
A VET nurse at a private Glasgow clinic who deliberately poisoned her pet dog in a bizarre case of animal cruelty has been spared jail.
Georgina Bretman, 28, injected her black-and-white cocker spaniel, Florence, with a drug that made the animal collapse and suffer from convulsions and seizures.
The damage was so severe that the two-year-old dog could have ended up in a coma or even dead.
Bretman was convicted – after a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court – of causing the animal unnecessary suffering on June 23, 2013, by injecting her with insulin.
Although no explanation was offered as to why the vet nurse had harmed her pet, the court was told that she was an “attention-seeker”.
On one occasion her employer gave Bretman an evening off – then correctly predicted that, within a few hours, the dog would suddenly become ill and be brought back to the surgery requiring emergency treatment.
It is understood to the first prosecution and conviction of its kind of an owner harming their dog in such a way.
Sheriff Joan Kerr found Bretman, of Rhu, Helensburgh, guilty of a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare Act, of injecting Flo with insulin resulting in her requiring immediate treatment to “avoid coma or death”.
Florence the dog has been under the care of the Scottish SPCA since the allegations against Bretman came to light and has since returned to good health.
Bretman was handed a community payback order as a “direct alternative” to jail, with the condition she must carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.