Whitehaven, Cumbria: Samantha Dean and Thomas Evans

#TheList  Samantha Dean, 25, and Thomas Evans, 33, both of Ashness Close, Mirehouse, Whitehaven CA28 9RR – allowed their pet dog Dara to become so emaciated vets considered putting her to sleep

Whitehaven's Samantha Dean and Thomas Evans and sweet Dara, renamed Georgie, the dog they almost starved to death
Ghastly duo lied to vets that they had found the dog wandering when they were responsible for her appalling condition

Dean and Evans were due to stand trial but instead pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to adequately explore and address the causes of the dog’s weight loss between January 14 and February 16 2018.

RSPCA inspector Martyn Fletcher said: “This poor dog was so poorly that vets considered putting her to sleep on welfare grounds.

“She was collapsed and her temperature was so low they couldn’t get a reading.

“She was extremely emaciated, with almost all the bones in her little body visible.

“She was in such a terrible state she needed to be hospitalised, where she was on a drip for several days.

“We put out a press appeal for information and it got a huge response, including from a number of people who gave us Dean and Evans’ details.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who got in touch.”

The court heard that Dean and Evans called a vets when Dara – now renamed Georgie – collapsed at their home saying they thought she was dying, but they pretended that she was not theirs, instead claiming that they had found her two days earlier.

After a lot of TLC at the vets, and then in foster care, Georgie made a full recovery and has now been very happily rehomed.

Inspector Fletcher said: “She’s doing absolutely brilliantly. I saw her in the summer and she looked like a different dog. Her owner says her character is coming out even more now, and she’s become quite mischievous.”

Sentencing:
20-week community order including a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Ordered to pay £425 costs and an £85 victim surcharge each. Seven-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2025).

The Mail