#TheList Emma Bluff, born c. 1976, of 3 Valley Cottages, Sherwood Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6JR – left her elderly dog to suffer for at least six months with a horrendous flea infestation
Bluff pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to 11-year-old Akita/Staffy cross Molly when she appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court.
RSPCA Inspector Mick Darling was sent to Bluff’s home after a tip off from the public and found the dog had lost half of her fur due to a severe flea infestation which a vet said had been left untreated for at least six months.
The vet found Molly was covered in fleas with inflammation all over her body, head, neck, muzzle, and legs which had led to numerous self-trauma injuries and infections.
The collar on Moly was so badly fouled by the fleas that the vet was unable to unclip it and it had to be cut off.
Due to her age, the flea infestation had caused Molly’s health to fail.
She was underweight, had an untreated growth at the bottom of her tail and she was struggling to stand on her back legs.
Her claws were long with the front dew calls almost sticking into her leg. She also had sore feet which had been caused by standing in urine.
Due to the severity of her condition, her suffering and the fact she had other health problems the vet decided the kindest thing to do was to put Molly to sleep.
Inspector Darling said: “Molly was in a terrible condition and was left like this for at least six months.
“Sadly this case goes to show how untreated skin conditions and allergies can lead to painful and horrendous suffering and other health issues – it is a pet owner’s duty to seek veterinary treatment.”
Sentencing: 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months; 80 hours of unpaid work; a total of £450 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for five years.