#TheList Leanne Aretha Fallow (aka Leanne Norster), born 22/09/1977, of 56 The Greenway, Middlesbrough TS3 9NF – allowed three Serbian Mastiffs to live in such appalling conditions their fur fell out and their skin turned red raw
Fallow, a mother-of-five and already a grandmother at aged 39, left her pets in an appalling state of neglect. Having been alerted by a picture posted to Facebook, officials visited Fallow’s home where they found three Serbian Mastiffs suffering huge discomfort. The dogs’ fur had fallen out and their skin had turned red raw, a condition so agonising they began to bite their own flesh.
“Two vets have certified that animals in this case have been suffering substantially,” said John Ellwood, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA.
“They were suffering from mange and had been self traumatizing themselves (by) scratching themselves and biting themselves and had thereby suffered secondary bacterial infection.”
He added one puppy was in a “very bad condition”, adding: “She had areas of skin that were open and sores and lots of crusty areas on her face.
“Her paws were swollen and inflamed – the inspector was very concerned about the way the animals were being kept.”
Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard the puppies’ mum, Sheba, was “underweight” and along with her puppies had a untreated “terrible skin condition.”
But the prosecution claimed Fallow used Sheba to breed several puppies, a process Mr Ellwood said was “highly suspicious”.
“The defendant claims not to know how her bitch became pregnant and who the father of her puppies was,” he said, adding Fallow claimed she gave away “a number of” puppies to strangers by the time the investigation launched.
The RSPCA say she allowed the dog to breed to sell the dogs on, with the court hearing she had spoken on Facebook with a banned dog dealer to flog the pups.
“The defendant’s account appears to be that a large dog became pregnant and she does not know where or why and that she gave away some of the puppies to people she does not even know or remember,” added the prosecutor.
“This appears to be a lie.
“She has on her Facebook a photograph or the mother of the puppies in her outhouse with a large male Serbian mastiff with mutilated ears.”
That mutilation was often carried out with Stanley knives in the breed to make them look “fierce”.
This was first noticed by kindly Glynn Dack who helped raise the alarm after believing to have seen the “mutilated” puppies’ father with Sheba.
He took one puppy home last August after spotting their awful condition to try and nurse it back to health, despite having no intention of keeping it.
But Fallow, who her solicitor claimed was an “animal lover”, came around to take it back.
However he was concerned enough to raise the alarm to the RSPCA, who also received reports from others, including a Middlesbrough Council officer, with police seizing the animals who have since recovered.
In January 2017, the Fallow admitted four offences of causing unnecessary suffering, with Mr Elwood adding she caused “prolonged neglect” for commercial gain.
Sentence: 12 weeks’ custody, suspended for a year; £250 costs, £180 vet costs and a £115 charge; deprivation order for family dog Sheba; banned from keeping animals for 5 years (expires February 2022).