An Aberdeen care centre worker has been warned about her future conduct after not telling her bosses she neglected a dog.
Beata Rutkowska, of Alexander Terrace, Aberdeen, was working as a support worker at Tor-na-dee Care Centre in Milltimber in May when she was convicted of an offence at Aberdeen Sheriff Court – and did not inform her manager.
The matter was referred to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which has now warned Rutkowska she faces further action if she breaks the rules again within the next three years.
A new SSSC report said Rutkowska failed to take her 12-year-old boxer dog named Oscar to the vets to treat his chronic skin lesion.
He was eventually put down due to his pain levels.
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Rutkowska appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court charged with failing to secure veterinary care between February and May 2017.
She was fined £700 and banned from owning pets for 10 years.
The report said Rutkowska did seek treatment for the dog in Poland and the neglect was not deliberate.
Addressing Rutkowska, the report said: “You have said you believed, perhaps naively, your dog would get better.”
Rutkowska had very positive references, co-operated with the investigation and expressed regret.
The report added: “Your conduct was very serious. Your dog was put down as a result of your failure to seek appropriate medical treatment.
“Your failure to tell your employer and the SSSC meant steps could not be taken to assess what risks, if any, you posed to the public or users of services.”
A spokeswoman for Tor-na-dee Care Centre said they did not wish to make a comment. She would not say if Rutkowska is currently employed by the centre.