#TheList Lorraine Farrell, born 18/11/1966, and husband Patrick Farrell, both of 32 The Coppins, Croydon CR0 9DE – left an injured puppy to starve on a urine-soaked mattress with a bone sticking out of his leg.
The Farrells pleaded guilty to neglecting the Staffordshire bull terrier puppy known as Caesar.
The dog was found in May 2012 after the RSPCA were called to the Farrells’ home by police. He was severely underweight and suffering from infected dog bite injuries all over his body, as well as broken bones that had pierced his skin.
Caesar was given treatment but had to be put to sleep two days later on veterinary advice. A vet estimated that he had been suffering for at least three months.
The couple pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, due to their failure to provide exercise and an adequate diet, veterinary treatment and protection from painful dog bites.
RSPCA Inspector Becky London said: “This is a really sad case and was made worse by the knowledge that the dog couldn’t be saved. Poor Caesar had no joy at all in his short life.
“He spent all of his time in an upstairs bedroom while the other dogs lived downstairs. He had a bone infection and septicaemia, and I’ve never seen a dog with an open fracture before – I was shocked. He had pus and blood coming out of his many wounds”.
Sentencing: Patrick Farrell was sentenced to four months in prison, his wife to just 12 weeks. Both received a 15-year ban on keeping an animal (expires December 2027).