Bromborough, Merseyside: Anthony and Sally Makin

#TheList Anthony ‘Tony’ Makin, born 16/01/1975, and wife Sally Makin, born 01/01/1975, of Dale Avenue, Bromborough CH62 – breached a disqualification order and neglected their new dog

Already banned from keeping animals following a 2015 conviction, Tony and Sally Makin failed to walk their dog Sky for fear of detection. The sweet-natured Rottweiler, later renamed Maximus, was also suffering from an inoperable tumour and died a few weeks after being rescued.
Already banned from keeping animals following a 2015 conviction, Tony and Sally Makin failed to walk their dog Sky for fear of detection. The sweet-natured Rottweiler, later renamed Maximus, was also suffering from an inoperable tumour and died a few weeks after being rescued.

The Makins pleaded guilty to two offences: causing unnecessary suffering to a Rottweiler named Sky by failing to provide veterinary care for lameness, and being in breach of a disqualification order.

Sky had become overweight as a result of not being walked – because his owners were scared of being found out.

The court heard that the couple were originally disqualified from keeping animals in September 2015 after being convicted of an Animal Welfare Act offence.

But in June 2017, the RSPCA received a report that the couple had a dog at their home address.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes contacted Tony Makin, who admitted that they had a rottweiler called Sky.

Inspector Joynes said: “They admitted they’d had him for seven months, but during that whole time he hadn’t been for a walk because they were scared of being found out. As a result, the dog was drastically overweight and had overgrown claws.

“On top of that, he had problems with his leg, which the Makins had self-diagnosed as arthritis. But when I got him checked out by a vet, it turned out he had a bone tumour on his front right leg – a type which was notoriously painful – and the cancer had actually spread to his lungs.

“Sadly the tumour was inoperable but he was such a lovely dog and we wanted to give him as long as possible, so he was put on pain relief.

“He came into the care of our Wirral branch and, because of his size, we renamed him Maximus. He spent his days behind the reception and he constantly got fuss. He was a favourite with the staff.”

Sadly, a few weeks after arriving in the RSPCA’s care, Maximus took a turn for the worse.

“At that point the vet said it would be kinder to put him to sleep,” said Inspector Joynes. “We were all devastated but we were pleased to have given him a few weeks of plenty of treats and fuss.

“If we hadn’t have intervened then the Makins would have just found him one day collapsed. He would have been in immense pain.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order, 20-week curfew; ordered to pay £335 each. Disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

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