Concern has been raised after a surge in reports of Scots dog owners harming their pets.
Undercover officers have swooped at an Aberdeenshire home in an investigation into alleged illegal dog fighting.
Those who commit the most serious animal welfare offences face a five year prison sentence under new laws published yesterday.
The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation after a north-east family’s pet returned home with its whiskers burned off a fortnight after going missing.
An animal welfare charity has branded a north-east pair who caused "unnecessary suffering" to scores of dogs "absolutely disgraceful".
A man and woman, who ran a north-east puppy farm, have been found guilty of causing almost 100 animals “unnecessary suffering”.
A teenager who threw a snake across a road claimed she only realised it was real when it hissed at her.
A north east farmer has been banned from keeping cattle after three of his cows had to be put down.
The maximum prison sentence for people convicted of animal cruelty could increase dramatically under new proposals.
More than one-quarter of all the dog owners caught behaving cruelly to their pets live in the north-east.
More than 100 incidents of cruelty to animals were recorded by police in Aberdeen city and shire over the last five years, according to new figures.
A family has been left heartbroken after a “deliberately cruel” attack on their pet cat with an air rifle.
Animal welfare officers have said a cat is lucky to be alive after it was shot in a “sickening attack”.
Two women, aged 18 and 19, have been charged in relation to allegedly causing a snake unnecessary suffering after police became aware of a video circulating on social media.
Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson has backed a full ban on using electric shocks to control pets - including containment fences as well as collars.
Any climb-down on plans for a total ban on electric shock collars for pets would be “shameful”, Lib Dem MP Tim Farron has said.
A call for laws banning puppy dealing to be strengthened in Scotland has been made by Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson.
An Aberdeen man kicked his dog “in the genitals” as a way of training the animal not to run away, a court heard yesterday.
MSPs gathered outside Holyrood with animal rights campaigners yesterday calling on colleagues to support plans for tougher sentences on animal cruelty.
The owner of a pet gecko that was shredded in a blender in a “chillingly evil” act has backed calls for much longer prison sentences for animal cruelty crimes.
A man who killed two pet lizards in what judged branded a “chillingly evil” act will be hauled back to court after lying to the court about his job to get a softer sentence.
The Scottish SPCA has appealed for information after a dog was found dumped in the north-east with broken bones and a severe infection.
A man who was banned from keeping animals after he repeatedly kicked a puppy until it bled has admitted buying another dog.
A common gull had to be put down after walkers spotted it struggling in an illegal trap on an Aberdeenshire hill.
A teenager who threw his pet parrot around in a drink and drug-fuelled rage narrowly avoided being locked up yesterday - but was branded a "danger to animals".
A teenager has admitted going on a drink and drug-fuelled rampage on New Years Day, during which he attacked his mother - and her parrot.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two swans were cruelly shot and killed in Aberdeenshire.
Two men have been charged with wildlife offences after video footage emerged of a hunt in the Scottish Borders.
More than a dozen canaries were found left for dead after being trapped in a sealed-up cardboard box and dumped at the side of a rural road.
A Moray woman has spoken about her family's heartache after their pet cat sustained "gruesome" gunshot injuries.
An Aberdeenshire gamekeeper has been convicted of snaring offences which caused the death of a badger following an SSPCA investigation.