Cramlington woman receives ten year animal ban

A Cramlington  woman who failed to seek medical attention for her dog has been prosecuted for neglect and banned for keeping animals for ten years.

On Monday 15th January,  South Northumberland magistrates sentenced the lady to 120 hours of unpaid community service work, fined her £626 and disqualified her from keeping animals for a period of 10 years.

The case was brought to court by Northumberland County Council. When one of the authority’s animal welfare officers came across the female dog, its skin was red raw and it had little fur left on it. She had a large tumour, 20 cms in length,  hanging out her rear end which was tied up with string.  Her nails were also severely overgrown making it hard for her to walk.

The owner admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her Labrador Cross dog under s9(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The animal welfare officer that rescued Lilly said:

“ When I  first saw the dog I was  appalled at the condition she was in and she had obviously been in great discomfort  for quite some time.

“ We seized the dog and took her to St-Clair Veterinary Care in Blyth where she was given antibiotics and steroids and where she returned at a later date for surgery on her tumour. The vets also prepared a report that was presented in court.

“ We renamed the dog Lilly and placed her in  foster care where she received proper care and treatment  for her conditions. She has now made a full recovery and has been rehomed with a gentleman in  North Northumberland where she is loving life again.”

Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson  cabinet member for Environment & Local Services said:

“ We hope that this sentence serves as a warning to others. If you make a commitment to own a pet, then you must be able to care for it responsibly.

“ The dog had a series of health ailments which were causing her great distress, but which could have easily been avoided if the owner had sought  veterinary treatment.  I am pleased to report the dog has now been rehomed and is thriving. ”

Lilly now features in a charity calendar featuring  dogs rescued in Northumberland  with all the proceeds  going directly  to four local animal charities: S.H.A.K, Alexa’s Animals, B.A.R.K and The Dog’s Trust.

The calendars are available for a minimum donation of £3.99 from council information
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