Man accused of shutting dog in car in heatwave

A MAN accused of leaving a dog shut in a car in Fife on one of the hottest days of the summer was today ordered to stand trial.

The incident is said to have happened on Argyle Street. Picture: Google

Roy Paterson is alleged to have left the animal in a vehicle “with no means of escape” in direct sun light.

Prosecutors say that as a result the dog was “exposed to excessive temperatures”.

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The incident is said to have happened on July 23 in Argyle Street, St Andrews, when temperatures hit 25 degrees celsius in the Fife town – one of the highest recorded in the area in 2018.

Paterson (63) of Greenpark Drive, Polmont, denied a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act on summary complaint at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Defence solicitor Kevin Hampton said: “Disclosure has been received and discussed with the accused.

“There are no special defences and we are ready for trial.”

Sheriff John Rafferty set a trial date in March.

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