Cruel dog owner sentenced

By on 23/04/2010 in News
Jess was emaciated and was suffering from a severe external parasite infestation, with extensive hair loss and secondary inflammatory skin disease

Jess was emaciated and was suffering from a severe external parasite infestation, with extensive hair loss and secondary inflammatory skin disease

A Quinton man who neglected his dog to such an extent that it had to be put down, has been banned from keeping all animals for ten years at Birmingham Magistrates Court today. He also received a community order with a supervision order for 18 months, was ordered to undertake 180 hours of unpaid community work, and to pay £300 towards costs.

Richard Taylor, 37, of Highfield Lane, Quinton, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in relation to Jess, a 13 year old German Shepherd dog.

A Dog Warden from Birmingham City Council's Animal Welfare Team visited Taylor's house in August 2009 following an enquiry regarding the welfare of a dog kept at the property.

The Dog Warden found Jess in a terrible state, as Taylor had failed to obtain veterinary treatment for a number of the dog's conditions.

Jess was suffering from emaciation, external parasite infestation, skin disease, arthritis and pressure sores on her elbows. Her claws were noticeably overgrown and she had extensive hair loss.

Jess

Jess

Jess was immediately removed on welfare grounds and taken to a veterinary surgeon for examination and treatment. She was in such a bad condition that the veterinary surgeon advised that she be humanely put down to end her suffering.

Mark Croxford, Head of District Services at Birmingham City Council, comments:

“This was not a case of being cruel to a dog because of stupidity or even lack of money for her treatment. Poor Jess got into such a state through sheer neglect and I really think Taylor just couldn’t be bothered to look after his dog.

Emaciated body of neglected dog Jess

Emaciated body of neglected dog Jess

“It was quite evident just by looking at Jess that the dog had problems, the flea infestation was so severe that they could actually be seen running along her back, especially as hair loss meant that she didn’t have much fur in some places.

“When Taylor was formally interviewed he confirmed that no veterinary treatment had been obtained for the animal for two years. This type of case disgusts all right minded people and we are pleased that the courts view these matters seriously.”

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For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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