Thame, Oxfordshire: Ben Braham and Emma Hendy

#TheList Ben Braham, born c. 1991, of Hampden Avenue, Thame OX9 2DT and Emma Hendy, born c. 1982, of Angus Court, Thame OX9 – failed to get veterinary treatment for their Shar Pei’s painful eye condition

Dog abusers Emma Hendy and Ben Braham from Thame in Oxfordshire
Emma Hendy and Ben Braham were both convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a Shar Pei named Flake but neither was banned from keeping animals

The court heard how the dog, named Flake, had been found ‘as a stray’ on May, 4 2018, more than six months after Braham had taken him to the vet to be diagnosed with entropion, a condition in which the eyelid rolls inward against the eyeball.

On this first trip to the vet, on October 17, 2017, Braham had been told to bring the dog back within a week for surgery but never did so. Instead he left him at Emma Hendy’s house, allowing the problem to fester and risking potential blindness.

The court heard how Braham had bought Flake as a puppy for £400 for Hendy and her children.

He bought him a cage and a lead and arranged vaccinations before he was scared off and severed contact with the family.

Despite this, he remained responsible for the pet and therefore had a duty to look after his welfare.

In her own trial Hendy claimed she had frequently urged Braham to take Flake to the vet and, when she did so herself, was told only the owner could arrange treatment.

Sentencing
Braham – total of £430 fines, costs and charges. The RSPCA had urged the court to impose a ban on him owning dogs in future but this was refused, meaning he will be able to continue living with another dog at home.
Hendy – fined £640 including court costs and a victim surcharge. No ban.

Oxford Mail 03/05/19
Oxford Mail 21/05/19

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