Rhoose, Barry, Wales: Caroline Tilley

#TheList Caroline Tilley, born 15/02/1978, of 27 South View, Rhoose, Barry CF62 3EN – caused her Jack Russell dog prolonged and unnecessary suffering

Convicted dog abuser Caroline Tilley from Rhoose in Barry, Wales, and her victim Roxy

Mother-of-three Tilley pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence and was sentenced at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on September 25, 2018.

Tilley had been advised by her vet to have Roxy euthanised as she was so poorly. Tilley chose to ignore that advice and left her to deteriorate for a further three months until RSPCA Cymru were alerted and attended the property.

The RSPCA officer found Roxy collapsed to the ground and only slightly raising her head. Her body was described as “skeletal”. Her condition was so poorly that she could not be saved.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “This was a hugely upsetting case, and a very sorry but pertinent example of the state an animal can get into if not given appropriate, timely help in their hour of need.

“I found poor Roxy skeletal, unable to stand and in a woeful body condition.

“Her owner’s failure to act resulted in her needlessly suffering, and being in extreme pain for a long time. I have been an RSPCA inspector for 11 years, but the sight of Roxy, barely able to lift her head, and collapsed to the floor will live with me forever.”

Sentencing:
12-month community order with 20-day rehabilitation activity. Three-month curfew. Total costs and charges of £385.  Disqualified from keeping all animals for a period of 10 years (expires October 2026).

Llantwit Major

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