Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne: Anthony, John and Merrissa Sellars

#TheList Anthony ‘Tony’ William Sellars (born 19/12/1969), wife Merrissa Pauline Sellars ( née Henderson and born 17/11/1989) and son John Thomas Sellars (b. 28/02/1998), all of 41 Clyde Street, Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE17 7DH – failed to treat their elderly dog’s leg facture and chronic dental disease

Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead
Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars pictured outside court

Anthony, John and Merrissa Sellars all pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a lurcher, known as Bing. Sadly Bing was so poorly he had to be put to sleep by a vet.

An investigation was launched after RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws was called to investigate reports of a severely sick dog in May 2019.

Neglected lurcher Bing was left to suffer in agony with a broken leg and dental disease by Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead
The Sellars left their elderly pet to suffer in agony with a broken leg and dental disease.

She found Bing in severe pain with a broken leg, underweight and severely decayed teeth.

Insp Keogh-Laws said: “The condition poor Bing was in was shocking and he was clearly in terrible pain.

“His left hind leg was visibly swollen and appeared at least three times the size of his other hind leg. The poor boy couldn’t bear any weight on it. He was also underweight as I was able to clearly see his ribs, hips and spine.

“They claimed they had taken Bing to a vet, but when I looked into this, the vet had no record of him being brought in for treatment.”

Dog abusers Tony Sellars and Merrissa Sellars of Chopwell, Gateshead
Merrissa and Tony Sellars

Insp Keogh-Laws continued: “When I took poor Bing to the vet myself, he found a severe and untreated leg fracture which would have been causing Bing intense pain since he became injured, along with chronic, untreatable dental disease which would have required extracting all his teeth.

“He was also severely underweight. He was suffering so much the vet decided that sadly, the kindest option was to put Bing to sleep.”

Bing was a white and brindle male neutered lurcher, aged between 12-14 years old, and had been owned by the family from the age of one.

Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead

Insp Keogh-Laws added: “This has been a tragic case which never should have happened.

“Bing was in his later years of life and should have been treated with love, kindness and been given the care that he desperately needed.

“He could have been spared this unnecessary suffering if only his owners had taken him to a vet when they realised he was injured.

“We were only made aware of poor Bing’s situation thanks to the person that called us, so we would always urge anyone with concerns about the welfare of an animal to contact our cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999 so we can look into it.”

Sentencing: all three were given twelve weeks in prison and a lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Northern Echo

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