Dog saves kittens after drunk pensioner throws them from bridge
Two kittens were saved by a dog after being tied in a bag and thrown from a bridge by a drunk pensioner.
Maureen Mountain, 63, left the cats for dead – but they were found hours later by a curious dog.
She threw the bag off a bridge in a drunken stupor at 3am and later said she had panicked as she was going on holiday and was also upset at splitting up with her partner.
The kittens were discovered soaked in their own urine and taken to a vet for treatment before the Scottish SPCA were called in.
The animals have since been settled in good homes.
A media appeal resulted in the previous owner of the three-month-old kittens recognising them and confirming she had handed them over to Mountain six weeks earlier.
Mountain was banned at Jedburgh Sheriff Court from keeping animals for five years.
She was also fined £150 after admitting abandoning the kittens in circumstances likely to cause them unnecessary suffering on an old railway path in Hawick, Roxburghshire, on August 26.
Chief superintendent Mike Flynn of the Scottish SPCA said: “This was a shocking case of deliberate cruelty. As well as a ban on keeping animals, Mountain now has a conviction for abandoning her two cats and a criminal record.
“Tying two defenceless kittens in a bag and leaving them for dead is callous beyond belief.
“If they had not been found by a lady walking her dog, they would not have survived as they had no food or water and a limited air supply.
“Thankfully the kittens, who we named Midnight and Shadow, recovered from their ordeal and have gone on to find the loving homes they deserve.”
Keith O’Mahony, prosecuting, told the court how a woman out walking her dog at 7am saw it take a keen interest in a black plastic bag lying in undergrowth. Inside it, she discovered the kittens.
Mountain’s lawyer Greig McDonell said: “She tells me she was drinking considerably, suffering from depression and had split up from her partner. Everything was getting on top of her.”
Sheriff Donald Corke said: “It is difficult to sentence in cases like this. You have reached the age you are without committing any other offences and any punishment has to be proportionate with the other kinds of misery.”
After hearing Mountain survives on pension credits of £137 a week and has no savings, he reduced the fine from £225 to £150 because she had pled guilty.
Mountain, who has since moved from Hawick to Campbeltown, Argyll, swore at photographers as she left the court building.
Source: Daily Record