A woman has admitted causing her dog's death by failing to provide her with enough food or water.
Tracey Scougall, 32, of Seton Terrace, Pitmedden, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
Scougall pleaded guilty to causing her Staffordshire bull terrier, named Buffy, unnecessary suffering by failing to provide her with the veterinary attention she required and an adequate diet.
Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector John Carle said, "We are pleased Scougall has admitted this offence.
"A post-mortem revealed Buffy was emaciated and weighed just 10kgs as a result of not being fed an adequate diet for a significant period of time. She was also severely dehydrated when she died.
"It is now up to the court to decide on an appropriate punishment."
Scougall was charged following an investigation by the Scottish SPCA who were alerted by police officers.
Sentence was deferred for background reports.
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