Stroud, Gloucestershire: Ottilie Smith and James Gardner

#TheList Ottilie Smith, born 07/06/1986, and James Gardner, born October 1981, both of Gibson Close, Stroud GL5 1HZ – left their dog to suffer with a severe skin condition

Ottilie Smith and partner James Gardner, who are parents, had not sought treatment for nine-year-old Mastiff Scrum’s significant skin problems.

A concerned member of the public reported the dog’s condition to the RSPCA and inspectors who attended the house ordered the couple to take Scrum for treatment – warning them about the consequences if they did not comply.

Prosecutor Kevin Withey told the crown court: “When the officers returned to the couple’s home they noticed the dog had not been treated and seized it.

“They took the dog to one of their veterinary specialists who examined the animal and said it was underweight and was suffering from alopecia and other skin ailments.

“The RSPCA funded the animal’s treatment, enabling its full recovery.”

Smith and Gardner had been convicted of animal cruelty by Cheltenham Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing in September 2019 but they lodged an appeal to the crown court against the sentence and they refused to sign over the dog so that the RSPCA could rehome him.

The court was told on Friday 6 December 2019, however, that the pair had dispensed with the services of their lawyer and had failed to turn up themselves to pursue the appeal.

The Judge, Recorder Adam Vaitilingham QC, then proceeded to hear the appeal in their absence.

He and two JP members of his bench concluded that the sentence imposed by the magistrates was appropriate and dismissed the appeal.

The court also formally assigned ownership of Scrum to the RSPCA.

Sentencing: ordered to pay £1,200 compensation and £100 each towards the appeal costs. Banned from keeping domestic animals for two years.

Gloucestershire Live

Additional information:
Ottilie Smith also uses the surname Segadelli. She owns a cleaning business called Shamazing which is also on Facebook. James Gardner was a director of James Gardner’s Groundworks Ltd alongside Smith, but this company was dissolved in 2018.

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