#TheList Mark William Simpson, born 1968, of Westfield, Jarrow NE32 4QW – left his pet dog to suffer with atrocious skin disease and irreversible eye damage
Simpson was in charge of a King Charles spaniel-type dog named Angel, who was found with a number of health problems.
The RSPCA said the animal was missing fur, was weak and had eye and ear disease when she was discovered at Simpson’s Jarrow home in July 2017.
Simpson pleaded guilty to four offences of causing unnecessary suffering to Angel and failing to ensure the animal’s welfare.
RSPCA prosecutor Stewart Haywood told the court that an inspector visited the defendant’s home and saw the pet covered with a blanket.
“The dog’s eyes were filled with pus, it had missing fur, the skin was reddish and it had very long nails,” said Mr Haywood.
“The defendant said she had been attacked by a Rottweiler some weeks ago and had been taken to a vet.”
After a veterinary examination, it was found Angel was “extremely weak”, had reduced vision and “permanent irreversible damage” to her eyes.
Her ear canals had thick and yellow discharge, and the skin was described as being in “an appalling condition”.
The RSPCA went on to provide treatment and the pet is now doing well, the court heard.
Mr Haywood added: “The suffering had taken place for at least one month.”
He said Simpson had made appointments to see a vet in January and March 2019 for Angel’s skin and eye problems but had not turned up.
“There’s high level of suffering in this case,” added Mr Haywood. “There is prolonged neglect here.”
Annalisa Moscardini, defending, told the court her client had learning difficulties.
Sentencing: 12-month community order; ordered to pay £385; banned from owning animals for 10 years.