#TheList David Charles Woods, born 05/07/1977, of Burns Road, Ipswich and Christina Marie Wright, born 13/12/1981, of Bonnington Road, Ipswich – allowed Staffies Alena and Scooby to become emaciated and chronically undernourished
David Woods admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to address the condition of his dogs between December 14, 2017 and January 14, 2018.
Woods, who has a history of violence, allegedly threw one of the dogs against a wall when police visited his previous address in Bonnington Road on January 14, 2018 in connection with an assault.
Officers called the RSPCA with concerns for three dogs inside the property shared by Woods and his then partner, Christina Wright.
Wright admitted causing the suffering of a third Staffordshire bull terrier, which she owned, but for which the pair shared responsibility.
Prosecutor Hugh Rowland told the court that Scooby was found locked in a dark, dirty, cramped and cold conservatory.
“There was an evident lack of suitable diet,” added Mr Rowland, who explained the other dog was also severely underweight, with poor teeth, dry and scaly ears, overgrown nails, a coat containing flea dirt, a lump on the chest, three mammary masses and a hernia on the left side.
“In the vet’s opinion, they were subject to malnutrition and emaciation, had poor skin and coat, and were chronically undernourished,” he said.
Woods, who communicates through sign language, claimed the dogs were fed twice daily, but that both had suffered recent bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea.
He said the lump on one of the dogs “grew quickly” and that the hernia was the result of breeding.
Mark Holt, mitigating, said Woods denied throwing a dog against a wall and claimed to have sought veterinary help.
“His lack of speech and hearing made it difficult,” said Mr Holt.
“Lack of finance meant he could not secure private veterinary care, or through charity, he says.
“He accepts he took his eye off the ball but maintains the dogs were ill in preceding days and weeks. There is no suggestion of deliberate harm.”
Woods: total of £845 fine and costs; ban on keeping animals (duration unspecified in article).
Wright: conditional discharge; £100 contribution towards costs; disqualified from keeping dogs (duration unspecified in article)
Source: East Anglian Daily Times (article removed)