A North-east pensioner has been banned indefinitely from keeping animals after neglecting his horse.
George Milne, 79, was also fined when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously admitting causing a horse unnecessary suffering.
The horse, named Bailey, was ultimately destroyed.
Milne had admitted failing to provide adequate treatment for chronic conditions such as weight loss, muscle wastage, dental conditions and overgrown hooves.
The offences took place at Milton Castleton, Huntly, between September 9 and November 9 last year.
Fiscal depute Anne MacDonald said Bailey was destroyed at an abattoir on Milne’s orders.
She added that the SSPCA had wanted Milne to sign over ownership.
Miss MacDonald said: “This animal was young. The SSPCA were wanting the accused to sign the horse over to them because, as I understand it, they did feel if given the correct treatment it would have a chance of making a recovery. The accused was adamant he was the owner.”
Milne’s defence agent said: “He has kept horses for over 50 years. He had issues that affected his mobility, things got on top of him. He appreciates he is no longer capable of keeping livestock.”
The solicitor added that his client intended to sell his remaining livestock.
He also said his client was keen to hold on to the pigeons he had, but when faced with a further deferral of the case to find out if the disqualification order would apply to birds, Milne said he would be willing to give them up.
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin told Milne it was a “very serious charge” he had admitted to.
Milne, whose address was given in court as Old Road, Huntly, was also fined £700, reduced from £1,000 by Sheriff McLaughlin.
Speaking after the case Scottish SPCA inspector Alison Simpson said: “We’re pleased that Milne has been dealt with by the courts and hope this sends out a strong message to anyone considering taking on the responsibility of caring for an animal.”