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Windy Nook, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear: Amy Rutherford

#TheList Amy Rutherford, born 12/01/1997, of Coltsfoot Gardens, Gateshead NE10 9RE – locked her two cats in her squalid home while she went to live with her boyfriend

Amy Rutherford, who was banned from keeping animals indefinitely after abandoning two cats in a freezing property for six weeks
Amy Rutherford was banned from keeping animals indefinitely after abandoning two cats in a freezing property for six weeks

Cats Lucy and Lola almost starved to death after their owner, Amy Rutherford, abandoned them in a dark and freezing property for six weeks.

In court, she pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and two of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal.

Abandoned cat Lucy was so thin her collar had slipped from her neck onto her hips
Abandoned cat Lucy was so thin her collar had slipped from her neck onto her hips

The court heard that the RSPCA were contacted in early September 2019 after members of the public reported seeing the “distressed” cats jumping up at the windows of Rutherford’s home.

An officer attended and left an RSPCA card, as well as putting sellotape around the hinges of the front door.

The investigator returned a number of times over the following days and saw that the tape was still intact, meaning nobody had entered or left the property.

Eventually, the police gained access on September 20.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “The conditions inside were appalling. There was a strong smell of urine and faeces and it was dark and cold.

“The light switches were not working and the rooms were covered in rubbish.”

The court heard that bin bags had been scratched at by the cats and there was no food or water in their bowls.

The prosecutor added: “The officer found Lucy. She was opening her mouth repeatedly but no sound was coming out. Her pink collar was wrapped around her hips rather than her neck.

“Her bones could be felt and her eyes were sunk.”

Lucy collapsed when she was put in a basket to the point officers thought she had died.

Lola, who was abandoned by her heartless owner Amy Rutherford
Lola, who was abandoned by her heartless owner Amy Rutherford

Lola, who was in a slightly better condition, was also seized and taken to a vets, where both were discovered to be emaciated and Lucy to be suffering from hypothermia.

When interviewed, Rutherford claimed she’d only ever left the pets for a couple of days and hadn’t replied to the RSPCA card because she’d been too busy with work.

John Williams, defending, said Rutherford was drinking too much at the time and suffered from secondary bipolar disorder and depression.

He added: “There’s no excuse and she accepts that. She abandoned the cats for about six weeks. She went to stay with her boyfriend as her mental health was deteriorating. She was a manager in a shop but she had to give that up as she could no longer carry on.”

District Judge Kate Meek said: “You had to move out of the house because it was uncomfortable for you because it was cold and dark, but, it’s alright for them [the cats] to suffer and not you?

“They, like any other pet animal, rely completely on you for their care and attention. When you take ownership of them, it’s effectively an agreement that you’re going to look after them.

“They’re technically no more able to do so themselves than a small, young child.”

The judge added: “I have looked at the pictures and they are quite distressing, as it is distressing to hear the particulars.

“It’s absolutely clear that this was over a prolonged period of time and both cats suffered a high degree of harm because of your lack of care and attention that you must be expected to provide any animal in your care.

“There is no justification or explanation for it.”

Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 250 hours of unpaid work. Banned from keeping pets indefinitely.

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Jarrow, Tyne and Wear: Mark Simpson

#TheList Mark William Simpson, born 1968, of Westfield, Jarrow NE32 4QW – left his pet dog to suffer with atrocious skin disease and irreversible eye damage

Mark Simpson from Jarrow failed to  treat his pet dog's health problems and is now banned from keeping animals for 10 years
Mark Simpson from Jarrow failed to treat his pet dog’s health problems and is now banned from keeping animals for 10 years

Simpson was in charge of a King Charles spaniel-type dog named Angel, who was found with a number of health problems.

The RSPCA said the animal was missing fur, was weak and had eye and ear disease when she was discovered at Simpson’s Jarrow home in July 2017.

Simpson pleaded guilty to four offences of causing unnecessary suffering to Angel and failing to ensure the animal’s welfare.

King Charles-type spaniel Angel was suffering from a number of painful conditions
King Charles-type spaniel Angel was suffering from a number of painful conditions

RSPCA prosecutor Stewart Haywood told the court that an inspector visited the defendant’s home and saw the pet covered with a blanket.

“The dog’s eyes were filled with pus, it had missing fur, the skin was reddish and it had very long nails,” said Mr Haywood.

“The defendant said she had been attacked by a Rottweiler some weeks ago and had been taken to a vet.”

After a veterinary examination, it was found Angel was “extremely weak”, had reduced vision and “permanent irreversible damage” to her eyes.

Her ear canals had thick and yellow discharge, and the skin was described as being in “an appalling condition”.

The RSPCA went on to provide treatment and the pet is now doing well, the court heard.

Mr Haywood added: “The suffering had taken place for at least one month.”

Animal abuser Mark Simpson from Jarrow

He said Simpson had made appointments to see a vet in January and March 2019 for Angel’s skin and eye problems but had not turned up.

“There’s high level of suffering in this case,” added Mr Haywood. “There is prolonged neglect here.”

Annalisa Moscardini, defending, told the court her client had learning difficulties.

Sentencing: 12-month community order; ordered to pay £385; banned from owning animals for 10 years.

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Gateshead, Tyne and Wear: Janice Clow

#TheList Janice Clow, born 30/08/1967, of Mersey Road, Gateshead NE8 3SR – failed to treat her elderly German Shepherd’s arthritis and painful skin and eye problems

Elderly German Shepherd Rocky was riddled with fleas and suffering multiple ailments, none of which had been treated by his uncaring owner Janice Clow
Elderly German Shepherd Rocky was riddled with fleas and suffering multiple ailments, none of which had been treated by his uncaring owner Janice Clow

Mother-of-four Janice Clow pleaded guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to causing unnecessary suffering to her German Shepherd called Rocky.

The 11-year-old dog was in such a bad state when he was taken to the vet by the RSPCA that he had to be put down.

RSPCA inspector Rachael Hurst went to Clow’s home on August 21, 2019, following a complaint about a German Shepherd with a serious skin problem.

Inspector Hurst said: “Rocky was 11 and was in a really bad way. He was shaking and itching and stood in a hunched posture.

“He’d lost almost all of the fur across his body and his skin was thickened and sore.”

Inspector Hurst took Rocky to a vet who discovered he was suffering from a chronic skin condition. Vets said he’d been in this state for at least three to six months, but they suspected he could have been suffering for years.

“Rocky had fleas and open wounds on his body,” Inspector Hurst added.

“He had severe ear infections, an ulcerated bleeding mass on one paw, and two healed corneal ulcers in one eye.

“He was extremely itchy and uncomfortable.”

The vet found he was struggling particularly on his back legs and that he’d likely been suffering from stiffness and pain caused by his arthritis for six months to a year.

Rocky also had severely overgrown nails and a painful eye condition.

“The vet said the extent of his skin condition and severity of his arthritis, which had gone untreated for months, possibly years, had caused ‘irreversible damage’ and sadly Rocky had to be put to sleep,” Inspector Hurst added.

In court, Clow said she’d tried her best to help Rocky and had sought advice from the internet but that it had not been enough to help him. The court heard that she was remorseful.

Sentencing: 16 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months; 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days; 150 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £515 in costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for 10 years.

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South Shields, Tyne and Wear: Natasha and Cameron Bell

#TheList Natasha ‘Tasha’ Bell, born c. 1982, of Bonsall Court, South Shields NE34 0HT, and son Cameron Bell, born c. 2001, of Bamford Walk, South Shields NE34 0JA – for the neglect of two horses, one of which had to be euthanised

Horse abusers Natasha Bell and son Cameron Bell from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK
Natasha Bell and son Cameron Bell caused unnecessary suffering to two horses including this one

Mother and son Natasha and Cameron Bell admitted causing unnecessary suffering to horses Porky and Chalky and failing to meet their needs.

The animals were discovered tethered to trees in Boldon Colliery in January 2019.

Horse abusers Natasha Bell and son Cameron Bell from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK, pictured outside court
Horse abusers Cameron and Natasha Bell pictured outside court

Porky had collapsed and had to be put down because he was unable to recover.

Both ponies had a poor body condition and were found to have heavy worm burdens. It was said they could have been suffering for at least six months.

Horse abuser Cameron Bell from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK

RSPCA prosecutor Stewart Haywood told the court how the ponies had been inappropriately tethered, were not kept in a suitable environment and had “inadequate dietary provision”.

He said an RSPCA inspector arrived at some open public land in South Tyneside on January 24, 2019, after a report of a collapsed pony.

“This pony turned out to be Porky,” said Mr Haywood. “The inspector made attempts to stand it up. It was in a poor condition and tethered inappropriately to a tree that was on a slope.

“A vet came and further attempts were made for Porky to stand. However the only course was euthanasia.

“The police also attended and euthanasia was carried out.”

The prosecutor told the court that Chalky was found in the same area, also tethered and underweight.

Horse abuser Cameron Bell from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK

Further examination revealed that Porky was thin and had a worm infestation, and the animal had “lack of muscle and body strength”.

Meanwhile, Chalky’s tether had been too tight and the animal also had a high worm burden.

Mr Haywood added: “The ponies were suffering for several reasons. They had inadequate provision of water and a poor body condition.

“The environment was hazardous and there was a risk of injury. The tight tether of Chalky would have caused discomfort.

“This is a case of horses that were clearly suffering significantly.”

Solicitor Valerie Bell, representing both defendants, said the horses were owned by Cameron and his mum played a smaller role in their care.

She said Natasha Bell had suffered significant mental health problems for many years and was receiving medication. A psychiatric report explaining her background was prepared for the court.

It was said Natasha’s “mental health had deteriorated during the commission of these offences”.

Their lawyer added: “Both are genuinely remorseful and very distressed about the whole background that has led to this.”

Sentencing:
Natasha Bell – 12-month community order with rehabilitation activities, £60 fine plus costs.
Cameron Bell – 12-week prison sentence suspended for a year; 80 hours of unpaid work plus rehabilitation activity requirement; ordered to pay costs.
Both were banned from keeping horses for 10 years.

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Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Julieann Greenwood

#TheList Julieann Greenwood, born c. 1966, of Burn Closes Crescent, Wallsend NE28 – failed to get veterinary treatment for her flea-riddled pet cats

Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire
Julieann Greenwood neglected her cats Starlight (top) and Sapphire

Julieann Greenwood’s cats, Sapphire and Starlight, were found covered in fleas by RSPCA inspectors. A court heard that one of the animals was almost bald due to alopecia.

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Stewart Haywood told North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court of Greenwood’s “prolonged neglect”.

He said: “It would have taken months for the cats to get into the condition they were in.

“The two cats were discovered by inspectors for the charity at her home in July, just months after her op.”

Greenwood portrayed herself as a cat lover in court. She said she had tried to get treatment for her animals by buying a collar from Amazon.

Pictures later released by the RSPCA showed Starlight’s skin had scabbed due to the fleas. When challenged over their condition, Greenwood was said to have been abusive to inspectors.

Defending her actions, Gerry Bass, mitigating, said: “I don’t think she gave the best impression of herself that day as she was deeply upset.”

Following a sex change in April, it was claimed she “had taken her eyes off the ball” and allowed her beloved pets to suffer.

Greenwood pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Sentencing: fined £120 and ordered to pay £400 costs. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Nathan Sinnitt

#TheList Nathan Sinnitt, born 17/03/1989, of 26 Victoria Avenue, Wallsend NE28 8SD – masked his pet dog’s extreme pain with second-hand cannabis smoke inhalation instead of taking her to the vets.

Cruel Nathan Sinnitt masked his dog Misty's extreme pain with cannabis instead of taking her to the vet.
Cruel Nathan Sinnitt masked his dog Misty’s extreme pain with cannabis instead of taking her to the vet.

Mastiff-type dog Misty was seized after police raided Sinnitt’s home in relation to a suspected drugs farm. Officers found the pet calm but unable to stand or walk properly.

When questioned, Sinnitt and his partner admitted Misty hadn’t been walked or left the house in over eight months because of her mobility issues.

RSPCA officers were called and the dog was taken to a vet but, less than 12 hours later, she was in such extreme pain that she had to be put to sleep.

The vet confirmed that Misty had first appeared calm because of the effects of cannabis inhalation but those effects soon wore off.

Cruel Nathan Sinnitt masked his dog Misty's extreme pain with cannabis instead of taking her to the vet.

Sinnitt failed to show up for his original court appearance but handed himself in to police and appeared for sentencing.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, told magistrates that police raided Sinnitt’s home on August 12, 2019, before calling in the RSPCA on discovering Misty.

“Inspectors attended and saw Misty,” he said. “Misty was sitting and, at the time she went to get up, she was very unsteady and struggling to put weight on her front legs and her back legs were uncoordinated. She fell a number of times when trying to get up.”

Cruel Nathan Sinnitt masked his dog Misty's extreme pain with cannabis instead of taking her to the vet.

Misty was taken to the vet, who noted she was also struggling with pressure sores and that her skin showed areas of excessive licking.

Mr Haywood added: “The following day, Misty was seen and had clearly deteriorated. She was in pain.

“It’s the opinion of the vet that, being in the presence of cannabis would have masked the level of Misty’s pain after inhalation, which is why she didn’t feel the extent of the pain until the following day.”

The vet determined that there had been “significant, prolonged suffering” for Misty over a number of months.

Sadly, Misty’s condition was so bad, it was deemed that the most humane action was to put her to sleep.

It was also revealed that Sinnitt was entitled to PDSA treatment and lived just 200 yards from a vet.

Mr Haywood said: “It appears in this case that the defendant couldn’t be bothered to walk the short distance to take Misty to a vet and, instead, decided to take on a criminal lifestyle and grow and smoke cannabis.”

The court heard Sinnitt’s partner also failed to attend a court hearing last week and the case was also proved in absence against her.

A warrant was also issued for her arrest and is still outstanding.

Mark Harrison, defending, said Sinnitt hadn’t deliberately been cruel to Misty but had failed to get her the necessary medical treatment.

He told the court: “These are always emotive cases. The defendant has not been prosecuted for any cannabis recovered from his home address.

“I also don’t consider it to be a particularly helpful point that he should be given any credit for lowering or suppressing Misty’s harm by cannabis.

“I don’t mitigate on the basis Misty’s harm was lowered because of her inhalation of second-hand cannabis smoke. In fact, I’m not even sure of the science to argue it anyway.”

Mr Harrison said Sinnitt was thoroughly ashamed, embarrassed and upset as the dog was initially bought for him to help with his mental health.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne: Anthony, John and Merrissa Sellars

#TheList Anthony ‘Tony’ William Sellars (born 19/12/1969), wife Merrissa Pauline Sellars ( née Henderson and born 17/11/1989) and son John Thomas Sellars (b. 28/02/1998), all of 41 Clyde Street, Chopwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE17 7DH – failed to treat their elderly dog’s leg facture and chronic dental disease

Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead
Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars pictured outside court

Anthony, John and Merrissa Sellars all pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a lurcher, known as Bing. Sadly Bing was so poorly he had to be put to sleep by a vet.

An investigation was launched after RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws was called to investigate reports of a severely sick dog in May 2019.

Neglected lurcher Bing was left to suffer in agony with a broken leg and dental disease by Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead
The Sellars left their elderly pet to suffer in agony with a broken leg and dental disease.

She found Bing in severe pain with a broken leg, underweight and severely decayed teeth.

Insp Keogh-Laws said: “The condition poor Bing was in was shocking and he was clearly in terrible pain.

“His left hind leg was visibly swollen and appeared at least three times the size of his other hind leg. The poor boy couldn’t bear any weight on it. He was also underweight as I was able to clearly see his ribs, hips and spine.

“They claimed they had taken Bing to a vet, but when I looked into this, the vet had no record of him being brought in for treatment.”

Dog abusers Tony Sellars and Merrissa Sellars of Chopwell, Gateshead
Merrissa and Tony Sellars

Insp Keogh-Laws continued: “When I took poor Bing to the vet myself, he found a severe and untreated leg fracture which would have been causing Bing intense pain since he became injured, along with chronic, untreatable dental disease which would have required extracting all his teeth.

“He was also severely underweight. He was suffering so much the vet decided that sadly, the kindest option was to put Bing to sleep.”

Bing was a white and brindle male neutered lurcher, aged between 12-14 years old, and had been owned by the family from the age of one.

Dog abusers Tony Sellars, Merrissa Sellars and John Sellars all of Chopwell, Gateshead

Insp Keogh-Laws added: “This has been a tragic case which never should have happened.

“Bing was in his later years of life and should have been treated with love, kindness and been given the care that he desperately needed.

“He could have been spared this unnecessary suffering if only his owners had taken him to a vet when they realised he was injured.

“We were only made aware of poor Bing’s situation thanks to the person that called us, so we would always urge anyone with concerns about the welfare of an animal to contact our cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999 so we can look into it.”

Sentencing: all three were given twelve weeks in prison and a lifetime ban on keeping animals.

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Boldon Colliery, Tyne and Wear: Susan Evans

#TheList Susan Evans, born 12/07/1972, of Morris Crescent, Boldon Colliery NE35 9DY – left her elderly flea-riddled German Shepherd starving and in pain with numerous untreated ailments

German shepherd Sabre had to be put down after being found ‘emaciated’ and in pain at the home of Susan Evans of Boldon Colliery in Tyne and Wear, UK.
German shepherd Sabre had to be put down after being found ‘emaciated’ and in pain at the home of Susan Evans of Boldon Colliery in Tyne and Wear.

German Shepherd Sabre was rushed to the vets after RSPCA inspectors found him in a shocking condition.

His owner, Susan Evans, had left him to suffer, claiming the nearest vet was “too far away” when in reality there was a surgery just 10 minutes from her home.

On examination, the dog was found to have osteoporosis, which would have caused him considerable pain, as well as a bowel disorder. He was emaciated with bones visible through his fur. There was a crusty discharge to large areas of the skin around his eyes, which was red and inflamed, and there were several patches of hairless inflamed skin on his body and elbows.

The vet who assessed him noted that Sabre was ‘emaciated’ and his ailments would have been ‘very painful’, the court heard.

The decision was taken by the vet that Sabre should be euthanised for his own quality of life.

Evans, who sobbed uncontrollably in court, admitted two charges of causing unnecessary abuse to an animal.

Prosecutor Neil Taylor said: “It was immediately obvious Sabre was suffering.”

Mr Taylor added: “The defendant very simply, and you may think callously over a period of time, failed to take Sabre to a vet.”

Geoffrey Michael Forrester, defending, told the court the RSPCA’s claims were “unfounded and inappropriate”.

He said that Evans was an animal lover, who had fostered over the years.

“I’m afraid the reason she hadn’t taken the dog to the vets is she was afraid the vet may have to put the dog to sleep,” he said.

“That’s anything but callous.”

Mr Forrester said his client had suffered a “terrific punishment” by being prosecuted.

He claimed she had mental health issues – including anxiety – adding: “It is not her fault she is in the state she is in.

“No one would want to live the life the way she lives her life with the demons she’s got.

“For someone like her the very existence of these proceedings, and having to come to court, is a far greater punishment than anything you can impose.”

Sentencing: eight-week jail sentence suspended for two years. Total of £515 costs and charges. Banned for life from keeping animals.

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Benwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Lee Martin Boyle and Dawn Nixon

#TheList Lee Martin Boyle, born c. 1977, and partner Dawn Nixon, born c. 1980, both of 11 Pendower Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6SN – allowed their pet dog to become so malnourished he couldn’t stand

Lee Martin Boyle and partner Dawn Nixon, from Benwell, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire bull terrier/American bulldog cross Troy
Lee Martin Boyle and partner Dawn Nixon, from Benwell, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire bull terrier/American bulldog cross Troy

Lee Boyle was already banned from keeping animals for life following a conviction in 2006 alongside mother Alice Edgar and junkie brother David Boyle. That case involved the appalling neglect and starvation of a rottweiler named Bella, who had to be put to sleep due to her poor condition, and a crossbreed named Buster.

Lee Martin Boyle and partner Dawn Nixon, from Benwell, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire bull terrier/American bulldog cross Troy

This time Boyle was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier/American bulldog cross known as Troy along with his partner Dawn Nixon.

The RSPCA was called in to investigate after a witness spotted Troy looking so skeletal he was described as a “dead dog walking”.

The dog was emaciated and suffering from such bad malnutrition he was trembling and unable to stand, the court heard. He had wounds on his front paws, hip bones and on the back of his legs which were red raw and bleeding when he was found.

Boyle told RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws Troy had not seen a vet for two years.

And after examining the evidence collected by the RSPCA, vets concluded that Troy had been suffering from malnutrition and emaciation for more than five weeks.

Dog abuser Dawn Nixon from Newcastle upon Tyne
Dawn Nixon

The case against them had been proved in their absence after they failed to attend an earlier hearing.

In mitigation the court heard Boyle had been forced to leave the family home and Troy’s condition had arisen whilst not in his care. Nixon stated she could not look after Troy to the extent she would have liked to due to work commitments.

Sentencing the pair, District Judge Begley called it an “appalling case of cruelty”.

Lee Martin Boyle and partner Dawn Nixon, from Benwell, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire bull terrier/American bulldog cross Troy
Serial dog abuser Lee Boyle

Inspector Keogh-Laws said: “It was heartbreaking to see the photos of Troy in such an awful condition when he was found. There is no excuse to allow an animal to get into such an appalling condition and not seek help.

“There is always help available for those people who need it and we encourage people to seek out this help to prevent animals suffering.

“Owning an animal is a privilege – but this couple’s failure to address the causes of Troy’s poor bodily condition meant that was clearly not appreciated in this case.”

Sentencing:
Boyle – 24-week jail sentence, total of £225 costs and charges. New disqualification for life from keeping animals.

Nixon – 18-month community order including 200 hours of unpaid work; total of £285 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

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Wallsend, Tyne and Wear: Clare Joyce

#TheList Clare Joyce, born 1993, of Station Road, Wallsend NE28 – left her husky puppy to fend for herself when she went into hospital

Irresponsible Clare Joyce from Wallsend told no one about her puppy when she went into hospital. The dog was left to fend for herself.
Irresponsible Clare Joyce left puppy Mishka to fend for herself when she went into hospital

Mother-of-two Clare-Louise Joyce was banned from keeping animals for just three years after puppy Mishka had to be rescued from her filthy home by the RSPCA

Joyce hadn’t told anyone about the dog but thankfully vigilant neighbours raised the alarm.

In court Joyce admitted failing to ensure the welfare of an animal.

Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, said: “The conditions inside were filthy.

“There were faeces strewn around and some of these faeces were mouldy.”

The court heard Mishka was “lean” when RSPCA inspectors found her and ate and drank ravenously.

Mr Haywood said: “It could have been much worse if Mishka had been left for longer.”

Dog abuser Clare Joyce
Dog abuser Clare Joyce

It was claimed the defendant had been battling with both her physical and mental health when the dog was left.

Mitigating, Mark Styles claimed a “perfect storm” of events unfolded in her personal life which led to the incident.

He said: “She’s utterly, utterly devastated Mishka was left,” claimed the solicitor, who said his client’s circumstances had resulted in her leaving her part-time job and moving onto Universal Credit.

However, thankfully, the court heard Mishka is now a “healthy” dog.

Chairman of the bench Paddy Watters assured Joyce: “She will go to a nice home.”

Sentencing: total of £630 costs, fines and charges. Banned from keeping animals for three years.

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