#TheList Maureen Payne, born c. 1958, and son Robert J Payne, born 1980, both of Birchfield Close, Fairfield, Liverpool L7 9LZ – kept their elderly maggot-infested shih-tzu dog in filth and squalor and with a variety of untreated health issues
RSPCA Inspector Fischer was greeted by a strong smell of urine and faeces upon entering the “cluttered” and “dirty” house occupied by Maureen Payne, 60, and her 38yo son Robert Payne.
One photograph taken inside the property shows a floor coated in animal faeces, with paw prints where Poppy had walked her waste through the house. Her bed was full of faeces and she had urinated throughout the house.
Inspector Fischer eventually found the elderly shih-tzu hiding under an upstairs bed where she was “snappy and reluctant to come out”. Her fur was matted and covered in faeces. She was also blind, overweight, and infested with maggots.
Ms Payne told the RSPCA that she had booked an appointment at the vet but it was later established that this was a lie.
Vets at the Greater Manchester Animal Hospital had to shave off Poppy’s badly matted fur to try and treat her numerous conditions which included skin sores and dry eye. The dog, who was described as being in pain and distress, had become obese through lack of walking. Sadly, she was put to sleep.
Paul Potter, defending the pair, said Ms Payne is “bad on her feet” and has limited mobility, which meant she could not walk Poppy.
The dog was inherited from Ms Payne’s mother, who died in 2016. Mr Potter said Ms Payne had “successfully kept pets in the past but found this breed demanding”.
Four-week curfew; joint costs of £586. Disqualified from keeping any animal for an indefinite period, with a minimum term of five years before they can appeal this order.