#TheList Amanda Louise Holmes, born 21/11/1966, of Appleby Gardens, Broughton, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20 0BA – left elderly cocker spaniel Maverick to get into such a state he had to be put to sleep
Holmes, a ward sister at Scunthorpe General Hospital, appeared at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on Friday 6 July 2018.
She pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence of causing unnecessary suffering to her cocker spaniel Maverick by failing to investigate and address the cause of poor body condition, lameness, severely matted fur and severe periodontal disease.
Speaking after the hearing, RSPCA inspector Samantha Weston said: “When we removed poor Maverick from Holmes’ care he was in a horrendous state.
“His fur was so matted he could hardly walk and he certainly couldn’t move around comfortably. His ears were like two huge, clumps and were rock-hard with matted, dirty fur.
“He was in a terrible state with sore eyes and rotten teeth. He was also lame and very underweight.
“He was an elderly dog and vets felt like he was in such a poor condition and was so unwell that the only option was to put him to sleep.
“It was devastating that he’d been through so much pain and discomfort and we couldn’t save him.”
The RSPCA said a second dog owned by Holmes was not ordered by the court to be removed from her care due to its age.
Instead, a warning notice was issued to her by the RSPCA and her son will take responsibility for the dog’s care.
Sentence: fined £630, ordered to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £63. Five-year ban on keeping any animal (expires July 2023).