A 12-year-old stalker named Angel and Roxy, an Akita, about eight years old, were found in poor condition living in dog cages in the kitchen of Pauline Wilson’s home.
They were so underweight that their ribs, skull, and pelvic bones were visible.
A third dog, a Jack Russell terrier named Dave, was also not being cared for properly and, although he was not in such poor condition, his ribs were visible.
Veterinary surgeon Nigel Smallwood stated in his report: “The suffering was avoidable if his basic nutritional needs had been met.
“Although the period of suffering in cases of emaciation and poor body condition is difficult to predict with any precision, the minimum period of suffering that I would attribute to this case would be three months.”
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All three have now been successfully relocated after returning to a healthy weight within a month of being in RSPCA care.
Wilson, 45, from Woodcross Avenue, Doncaster, received a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years when he appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on March 31 this year.
Pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to three dogs* against the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 on or before September 3, 2021.
In sentencing her, the magistrates told Wilson: “It appears to us to be an extreme level of emaciation.”
Angel weighed only 14.3kg and had a festering cut on his cheek and his claws were too big.
Roxy weighed 17.3kg and also suffered from oversized claws and a chronic eye condition.
The court heard that after a complaint from a member of the public, RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Liz Braidley visited Wilson’s home on September 2 last year but was not allowed to see the animals. animals.
In a statement, the ARO said: “Ms Wilson was quite frustrated that I was there to tell her that she was ‘sick of being reported’.
“I asked her if she could see the animals, she said no.
“I asked her why, and she admitted that Angel was very underweight and she thought he needed to sleep and he would manage to carry her.
“He told me that he believed this was because he was grieving for another dog that had died about a year ago.”
The animal rescue officer said he discovered the dogs’ condition when he returned to the property the next day (September 3) and took them in for a veterinary exam.
In his statement, he said he had asked the defendant if he could take the Jack Russell, but “she refused saying ‘you won’t bring him back’ and that he only weighed that much because he is always riding the Akita and she would. she arranges to take him to her own vet.”
RSPCA inspector Kim Greaves, attending the Sheffield-based veterinary practice, said of Angel in her statement: “This bitch had all her bones visible, she was able to walk unassisted but seemed quite weak.”
Of Roxy, the inspector stated: “She had a thick layer of hair covering her, unlike Angel. However, you could easily see that she was also slim and her ribs were showing.”
Inspector Greaves said she removed the Jack Russell from Wilson’s home on the advice of the vet.
The vet’s report stated that all three dogs were “markedly underweight” and that Angel and Roxy’s condition met the criteria for wasting. #
It claimed that all three pets significantly increased their body weight and body condition scores after one month in the care of the RSPCA.
“Such findings show that the suffering the three dogs experienced due to malnutrition was avoidable and unnecessary if their caretaker had provided them with their basic need for a nutritious diet to maintain a healthy body weight,” the veterinarian stated in his report.
RSPCA prosecutor Phil Brown highlighted discrepancies between the defendant’s account of how she thought Angel should be put to sleep because she couldn’t keep the weight off and how Angel and the other dogs had gained substantially weight when they were taken out. of your care. .
Hannah Edison, who was mitigating Wilson, said the defendant had been through a difficult period in her life.
His house was flooded and a close relative also had health problems.
The court also issued a seizure order for three cats that were found living on Wilson’s property and are to be relocated.
The magistrates told the defendant to undertake 20 days of rehabilitation activity (RAR) and pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £156.
Speaking after the hearing, RSPCA Inspector Greaves said: “This was a horrible case as the dogs were in such poor condition. The owner completely despised them.
“He could have asked for our help and advice, but he didn’t know why the dogs were so skinny. Within a short period of time with the RSPCA they were back to their normal weights.
“Now all the dogs have been successfully relocated and are doing very well. Angel and Roxy have stayed together and Dave has his own new house.
“This allegation followed a member of the public reporting a concern and it is always worth reporting to the RSPCA if you see an underweight dog.”