#TheList Anna Marie Sykes of Crabtree Drive, Malton YO17 7FQ and daughter Carly Marie Sykes, born 07/07/1994, of Dairy Way, Malton YO17 9FA – allowed their elderly Labrador to become emaciated.
Anna and Carly Sykes both pleaded guilty to causing black Labrador Bailey (pictured) unnecessary suffering and to failing to investigate the cause of his poor body condition.
Bailey, who is said to be around 10/11 years old, was discovered, apparently abandoned, outside Anna Sykes’s property by the local authority who called the RSPCA. On attendance, inspectors found a dog that was so thin all of his bones were visible through his skin. He weighed almost half of what he should have done.
Bailey wolfed down any food put in front of him and after a fortnight on a normal diet, his weight had increased by a third.
The court heard that Carly Sykes was supposed to be looking after Bailey for her mother who had moved into a property where dogs were not allowed. She claimed in court that Bailey rejected all food put in front of him and she believed he was pining for her mother.
The RSPCA had asked magistrates to ban the pair from caring for dogs, but magistrates declined.
They said because the daughter had another dog that was apparently healthy, she clearly could care for dogs properly and the mother had not had day-to-day care of Bailey..
Sentencing: Each woman was fined £200 and ordered to pay £150 prosecution costs and a £30 statutory surcharge.