#TheList Joyce Davies, born 25/02/1965, and children Adam Roger Davies, born 09/01/1987, and Kyley Joyce Davies, born 06/07/1992, all of 14 Whitecroft Road, Luton LU2 0JS – locked their four dogs in a room to starve
Joyce Davies, Adam and Kyley Davies each pleaded guilty to four offences in relation to their dogs Snowdrop, Scooter, Prince and Lucky.
The dogs died after they had been shut away in a room for weeks without food and water, it is thought that as they tried to scavenge and search for food they may have consumed something toxic.
Prosecutor Janita Patel told the court that a report by a vet in the case stated that toxicity is likely to have been the cause of death, but the cause was immaterial to the offences charged, as they related to a prolonged period during which the dogs lost weight and hence found the need to scavenge.
The family took the seriously ill four dogs to an out of hours vet, but when they arrived Snowdrop was already dead, and Scooter had to be put to sleep on welfare grounds as he was too poorly.
Prince was kept in the vets, but sadly died overnight and the family were allowed to take Lucky home as long as they returned to the vet should his condition deteriorate.
The vet contacted the RSPCA as they were concerned by the emaciated condition of all four dogs and their filthy state, and for the welfare of Lucky who had been taken back by the Davies.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Mel Fisher and the police attended the family home to check on the welfare of Lucky, but when they arrived he was collapsed, non-responsive and fitting. They took him to the veterinary practice and he too sadly had to be put to sleep because nothing further could be done to save him.
Inspector Fisher said: “Over the years this family have been given advice by the RSPCA and their own vet, regarding the level of care they have been providing for their dogs and we have tried time and time again to work with them.
“But it was all in vain, as they chose to ignore this advice and ignore the welfare of their dogs. They simply just didn’t care enough and shut the poor dogs away in a room and ignored them. Even though they took the dogs for veterinary attention it was too little, too late, and also when they were allowed to take Lucky home with instructions to return if his condition worsened, they didn’t do so.
“I have known all these dogs for a number of years and I was in tears when they had to be put to sleep, yet the family seemed unmoved. I am just heart-broken that these poor dogs suffered. There was even tins of dog food in the house, but the dogs were so emaciated it was clear they had not been fed for a very long while”.
Sentencing: 14 weeks in prison for each offence to run concurrently; ordered to pay £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £115 each. Lifetime ban on keeping all animals.