A Leicester woman has been disqualified from keeping dogs for a year after admitting to not caring for her dog properly, leading him to become underweight.
German Shepherd-cross Chase was also living in a room of the house with faeces on the floor and was clearly underweight when he was rescued by the RSPCA on 16 September last year.
On Wednesday (4 January), his former owner Georgina Inglis (DOB 18/11/1975), of Thurcroft Close, Leicester, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, where she pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Chase by failing to investigate and address his poor bodily condition, and for failing to ensure his needs were met by failing to provide him with a suitable environment.
As well as the one-year disqualification order, Inglis was fined £172, and was ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £30 victim surcharge.
The court heard that Chase was being neglected by not being fed regularly and by not living in a clean environment.
The RSPCA’s Chief Inspector for Leicestershire, Jim Lucas, said: “The room of the house where Chase was living was very unpleasant – there was faeces and urine all over the floor and it had an extremely strong smell, as did Chase.
“As a result of his neglect, Chase was severely emaciated. It was clear that he was not been cared for, and a lack of exercise meant that his claws had become very long. Unnecessary suffering had been caused for at least four weeks and his neglect would have been much longer.
“The RSPCA believes it is very important that people think carefully and do their research before taking on a pet, as what happened to Chase is an example of what happens when an animal doesn’t get the care they require.
“Thankfully, Chase is now thriving in our care. He is still recovering and is not currently available for rehoming, although we hope that it won’t be long until he can be available for adoption.”