#TheList Nikki Chanel Bird, aged 26, of Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol BS7 – left two puppies with serious injuries and didn’t get them treated. One puppy put to sleep.
Bird was given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping animals for life after she left the two puppies named Coco and Ruby to suffer with untreated broken limbs.
Magistrates heard how Bird first took Coco to the vets in January 2018, with injuries that had happened weeks, or even months earlier, claiming the puppy had fallen through a gap in a staircase.
Due to the extent of her injuries and the period of time they had not been treated Coco had to be put down.
Two months later, Bird took collie Ruby to the vets with historic injuries and gave the same story about how she came to be injured – she had supposedly fallen through a gap in a staircase.
Luckily, Ruby was treated and recovered enough to be given a new home.
The RSPCA were alerted to the two cases and decided to prosecute Bird.
Bird – a mother-of-two whose children have been removed – pleaded guilty to three separate charges, two relating to Coco, and a third relating to Ruby.
The charges against Bird were that she took ‘insufficient steps to prevent the animal from suffering traumatic injury and as such did not protect the animal from pain’ for both dogs, and that she caused unnecessary suffering to Coco by failing to provide prompt veterinary attention.
Sentence: For each of the three offences Bird was given a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirement. Each sentence will run concurrent to each other. £450 in costs. Bird was disqualified from keep all animals, except budgerigars and fish, for life. The order can not be appealed for ten years.