#TheList Amy Woodhouse, born 02/06/1985, of 152 Holmfield Close, Pontefract WF8 2NE – left her pet dog to suffer in agony for weeks with an infected ear
RSPCA inspector Kris Walker said: “I first saw Max in May of last year. He was in good body condition, bright and alert, but was a little scabby down his back. His left ear appeared infected, it was oozing yellow pus-like liquid and seemed to be very sore as he cried when I touched it.
Inspector Walker continued: “A little over a month later I spoke to her on the phone and she said she had only just got the money together to take Max to the vets and that he was booked in for the next day.
“I spoke to her again a few days later and was told he’d been given some medication and needed to go back in another seven days so I stressed again how important it was that he go.
“I tried to reach her on the phone after that and got no reply and when I contacted the vets was told she hadn’t returned with Max so I went back to the property to check on him, however his owner wouldn’t let me in.
“I attended with police on the following day, 13th July, almost two months since I’d first seen Max. He was crying as soon as I touched his ear, it was swollen, smelled strongly and appeared yellow and thickened. He was scratching and shaking his head.
“His owner gave permission for me to take him to the vets where his ears were causing him so much pain that I couldn’t get photos of inside them as it was just too much for him.”
Max was taken into possession by police on veterinary advice and kept at the vets overnight for treatment.
In court, Woodhouse admitted three offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
In mitigation, the court heard that the defendant recognised that she was failing to cope but at least made one attempt to take the dog to the vets.
Sentencing: 12-month community order including 20 rehabilitation activity days; ordered to pay £85 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years.
A deprivation order was placed on Max who will now pass into RSPCA care for rehoming.