Smithy Fen Travellers site, Cottenham: Tommy Wall

#TheList: Tommy Wall, born c. 1960, of the notorious Irish travellers site at Smithy Fen, near Cottenham, Cambridgeshire – failed to get treatment for his dog’s fractured leg

Poor Patch had to have a leg amputated after his feckless owner, gypsy Tommy Wall of the notorious travellers site at Smithy Fen, near Cottenham, failed to take him to the vet.
Poor Patch had to have a leg amputated after his feckless owner, gypsy Tommy Wall of the notorious travellers site at Smithy Fen, near Cottenham, failed to take him to the vet.

Wall was found guilty by a district judge of causing unnecessary suffering to his dog, Patch.

The court heard he had failed to ensure the dog received appropriate veterinary care for a fractured leg between the period of May 2 and 10, 2018.

The judge was told Wall had taken his dog to a veterinary clinic for treatment, but when advised it could be a fractured leg, he left with Patch because he didn’t have the money to pay for it.

Concerned for the dog’s welfare a call was made to the RSPCA and an inspector visited Wall and gave him details of an RSPCA clinic which could help him.

But when the dog owner failed to attend the clinic on two separate occasions, the RSPCA took the animal to the vet, and after being advised the leg clearly appeared to be fractured, the charity had the dog seized by the police and placed into its care.

RSPCA inspector Alex Coghlan, said: “Poor Patch would have suffered for a number of days because his owner failed to get him the necessary treatment.

“There is just no excuse for allowing a dog to suffer for such a long period of time, especially when he had been advised the leg could be fractured and that help was offered so that he could get the treatment for Patch.

“Patch’s leg was amputated and he has been cared for by one of our fosterers who may now want to rehome him permanently after the court has signed him over into our care.

“I hope the severity of this sentence acts as a reminder to pet-owners that they have a legal responsibility to seek veterinary treatment for their animals when they require it.

“There are many organisations out there who can help if there are financial issues. It simply isn’t acceptable to leave an animal to suffer.”

Sentence:
18-week custodial sentence; £500 costs.  Disqualified from keeping all animals for five years (expires January 2023). 

CambridgeshireLive