Birmingham woman convicted of animal cruelty to dog

By on 04/10/2012 in News

A Birmingham woman has today been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her dog. She was banned for keeping dogs for five years and fined.

Paula Hazell, 35, of Wrentham Street in Birmingham, owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier named Jada caused horrific injuries to the dog's chest and abdomen which were left untreated in February 2012.

Birmingham City Council dog wardens investigated the incident which lead to a court case where Hazell pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 at Birmingham Magistrate Court. She was banned from keeping a dog for five years, fined £110 and ordered to pay £200 prosecution costs.

The dog was examined by a veterinary surgeon, who determined that unnecessary suffering had been caused to the animal by reason of a lack of veterinary treatment to injuries which appeared to be present for some time. When Hazell realised the extent of the animal's injuries she took the dog into Birmingham Dogs Home falsely stating it was a stray.

The dog was micro chipped and the owner identified as Hazell, who initially stated she had re-homed the dog 12 months previously and was not responsible for the dog's condition. City Council dog wardens were suspicious of her statement and obtained CCTV footage which showed Hazell had taken the dog to the dogs home herself.  She later admitted she had not taken the dog to a veterinary surgeon for treatment.

Jada was provided with veterinary treatment including an operation to remove most of her tail. She has now fully recovered and has been re-homed by Birmingham Dogs Home.

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said:  “The way this dog owner has treated this defenceless animal is despicable.  This animal is the helpless victims of it owner's horrific and cruel ways.

“I'm pleased our Animal Health and Welfare officers carried out their duties in such a thorough way and were able to find the person responsible for mistreating this animal.  The five year ban imposed by the court is a clear sign that animal cruelty is an important issue and will not be tolerated.”

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