#TheList Krisztina Kubovics, born 07/11/1985, of 11 Finching Grove, Mirfield WF14 0LH – for the extensive and prolonged neglect of her elderly Shih Tzu dog
Hungarian national Kubovics pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to take steps to ensure its needs were met.
The neglect was uncovered when a neighbour of Kubovics took the 16-year-old dog, known as Malua, to a qualified dog groomer.
The professional was so concerned she refused to groom her and contacted the RSPCA.
Andrew Davidson, prosecuting, said following her contact with the charity an inspector visited Kubovics’s home and took the dog away to be examined by a vet.
Mr Davidson added: “She talked about Malua’s coat being in an extremely poor condition with heavy matting.
“There was a problem with the left eye, overgrown claws and significant dental disease.
“The claws were extremely long with one puncturing the skin.
“Ultimately the eye had to be removed (and) the teeth were so long that a number had to be taken out.
“She said that Malua would have suffered as a result of the chronic eye disease and overgrown claws.
“It would have caused extreme discomfort and (she) would have expected the owner to notice and seek advice.
“The claws, particularly the one going into the skin, would have caused chronic and persistent pain and difficulty walking. The dental disease would have taken years to develop.”
When interviewed Kubovics admitted she hadn’t taken her dog to the groomers because she didn’t want her hair too short and, in any event, it would be difficult for anyone to touch her because she might bite.
She admitted that Malua’s nails were curling and that she tried to cut them herself with scissors because she couldn’t afford to have them done due to financial difficulties.
Sajid Majeed, mitigating, said that his client had experienced lots of difficulties in her life.
Mr Majeed said: “Ms Kubovics has dealt with things in her life not so well and this is one of them. The dog clearly hasn’t been cared for properly.”
Sentencing: community order with 10-day Rehabilitation Activity Order and 120 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £332 cost and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for five years. Deprivation order on Malua.