#TheList Paul Nigel Michael Brown, born 01/05/1961, previously of Walm Lane, Cricklewood, London NW2 3BU – failed to seek veterinary care for a dog found collapsed with unexplained horrific scalding injuries all over her head and body
Brown pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the female dog, Girlie, by failing to seek professional veterinary care for the wounds on her body.
The RSPCA were called to Brown’s property in February 2015 and found the pup, thought to be two years old, collapsed on a blanket in the garden with severe wounds and her skin “literally hanging off”.
She was so badly scalded on her face and body that she was given little chance of survival by vets.
Although there was insufficient evidence to prove that Brown had poured hot liquid on to the dog, the nature of the injuries indicated it had been done so deliberately.
Nicole Broster, an RSPCA inspector said: “I will never forget the shock I felt when I walked into the garden and found Girlie. I still cannot believe anyone could leave a dog in that condition.
“She had scalds covering at least a third of her body and large areas of her skin were simply peeling off, leaving infected wounds and pink skin underneath. She must have been in enormous pain and suffering terribly.
“She was very lethargic and depressed, and the vet confirmed she had collapsed due to clinical shock. I had to physically pick her up in my arms and carry her but as I did so her skin came away in my hands and stuck to my clothing. It was truly heartbreaking.”
Girlie was taken straight to a vet for treatment who told the RSPCA that the wounds “most likely originated from someone pouring or throwing hot water from a kettle or pan straight over her face and down her body.”
Brown said he was looking after Girlie for two weeks for a friend while they were undergoing house renovations. He did not contact the owners and ignored their efforts to contact him.
Girlie recovered in the RSPCA’s care and was rehomed. She must, however, must wear a t-shirt to protect her from sunburn.
Sentencing: 12-month community order involving 150 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £560. Banned from keeping animals for life.
June 2020 update: we are advised that Paul Brown is currently living in a homeless hostel in Willesden, north-west London.