#TheList Michelle Baldwin, aka Michelle Robinson, born 14/08/1976, and Shaun Baldwin, born 26/05/1996, both of 63 Masseyfield Road, Runcorn WA7 6AB and Shane Andrew Baldwin, born 17/11/1997, of 22 Linkway, Runcorn WA7 5EJ – allowed their two dogs to starve so badly one had to be put down.
The RSPCA said the dogs, Staffordshire terrier-type breeds Bruno and Roxy, were so thin their ribs were clearly visible and they were living in ‘atrocious’ conditions.
Bruno was put to sleep on health grounds despite the charity’s efforts to save him and Roxy has been rehomed.
The trio each pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs and one of failing to provide a suitable environment at an earlier hearing.
Speaking about the case, attending RSPCA Inspector Lisa Lupson described both dogs as being “very thin” especially Bruno who was described as being very lethargic and subdued and so weak he had to be put on a drip. Sadly he couldn’t be saved.
Court papers said Michelle Baldwin had entrusted the care of the dogs to two young adults without taking responsibility for them herself.
Sentence: Michelle Baldwin was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for six months and her sons Shaun and Shane were both given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. All three were told to pay costs of £100 and an £85 victim surcharge each. A 10-year ban on keeping animals was imposed on the trio (expires July 2027).