#TheList Selina Shepherd, born c. 1982, of Bells Lane, Druids Heath, Birmingham B14 – left her dog to endure pain for 11 days after trying to fix her broken leg with a homemade splint.
Selina Shepherd pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her dog, named Lola.
Lola nearly lost her leg and can now be rehomed as a result of Shepherd’s sentence.
Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how Shepherd treated her pet at home after Lola was hit by a car on September 1, 2018 after escaping through an unlocked gate.
Shepherd failed to take Lola to see a vet, and was only confronted when a concerned member of the public reported her to the RSPCA.
Inspector Jonathan Ratcliffe visited the home, and had to call police as Shepherd was ‘hostile’ towards him.
He said: ‘She (Lola) was struggling to walk and could not bear any weight on that leg, she was clearly in pain.
‘I took her for veterinary treatment and it was discovered the break was made more complicated by the fact she had not been treated for nine days.
‘There was a real fear that she might have to have her leg amputated but thanks to the veterinary team her leg was saved and surgery was successful.
‘The owner would not sign Lola over to us for rehoming so she has been looked after for 14 months in RSPCA care and thanks to the conclusion of this case we will now be able to find her a loving home.
‘This case highlights the fact that there is never an excuse not to get your pet’s veterinary treatment if they are suffering – especially in this incident when the dog must have suffered terribly with such a serious injury.’
12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months; total of £315 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years.