Leigh, Greater Manchester: Gail and Nicola Bradshaw

#TheList Gail Bradshaw, born 27/08/1953, and daughter Nicola Bradshaw, born 07/08/1988, both of XX Minehead Avenue, Leigh WN7 5QF – failed to seek veterinary treatment for their dogs’ chronic and severe skin conditions

Former magistrate Gail Bradshaw, daughter Nicola and the dogs they left to suffer in agony, Poppy and Holly
Former magistrate Gail Bradshaw, daughter Nicola and the dogs they left to suffer in agony, Poppy and Holly

Gail Bradshaw and daughter Nicola failed to provide proper care for West Highland terriers Poppy and Holly. The dogs had severe skin conditions which led to infection and fur loss. When found, Poppy was wearing a filthy baby jumper that was stuck to her weeping skin.

Speaking about the case, RSPCA inspector Vicki McDonald said: “Poppy was by far the worst. She was the one wearing the child’s jumper. It was filthy, and when we tried to remove it at the vets it had stuck to her skin around her armpits, chest and front legs, where it had been weeping.

“She had been suffering the longest, veterinary evidence of her skin condition goes all the way back to 2014.

“A new treatment plan was put in place in March 2015 and the vet advised that Poppy needed to be brought back seven to 10 days later but that never happened.

“Gail Bradshaw said she didn’t think the vet treatment was working so decided to self treat the condition after seeking advice from the internet and friends instead.

“When Holly started to get similar symptoms in early 2017 she was never taken to the vet. This is despite both dogs having ‘ultimate’ Petplan insurance which could have covered the treatment.

“The severity of the skin conditions and fur loss suffered by these dogs was the worst I’ve seen in my 15-year career. They were in an absolutely shocking state.”

The court had heard how the proceedings had had a “major effect” on the pair with both afraid to go out in public. Nicola Bradshaw had been the subject of online abuse with one message on Facebook stating she should “rot in hell.” [oh, boo hoo].

Sentencing
12-month community orders with an unpaid work requirement of 200 hours each. Banned from keeping pets for five years (expires May 2023).

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