A man and a woman who left their dogs to suffer with a severe skin condition have been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years.
Barry Faulkner (DOB 13/12/1967) and Liza Johns (DOB 02/05/1975), both of Harcourt Street, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 13 March) to be sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to the two Collie dogs, named Custard and Tippy, by failing to provide veterinary treatment.
As well as the five-year ban, magistrates also each gave them a 12-month community order. Faulkner was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £620 in costs. Johns was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £455 in costs.
They pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing on 2 March.
The court heard that the RSPCA were alerted by concerned members of the public who had seen the dogs with large amounts of fur missing.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, who investigated, said: “When I went round to their house, the first thing that struck me was that there was a very strong smell of yeast infection in the air. Both dogs were nibbling themselves to the point that Custard managed to rip open a sore on her body.
“They were both clearly very itchy and uncomfortable and the smell really was overpowering. I took them to a vet, where they were diagnosed with having mange. It is hard to say how long they were like this for, but they should have been taken to a vet at the earliest opportunity.
“By law we have a duty to care for our pets and veterinary treatment is not something which should be ignored.”
Inspector Joynes added that the dogs have “come a long way” since arriving in the RSPCA’s care. “They have dramatically improved, but still have a way to go,” he said.
“Most importantly they’re no longer in great discomfort as they were when we rescued them, which has allowed their individual personalities to come out. Rather than being obsessed with chewing and scratching themselves, they are now really friendly, inquisitive and playful dogs.”
Both dogs are available for rehoming at the RSPCA’s Wirral branch. Anyone who is interested in rehoming the dogs should contact the branch on 0151 638 6318.
Custard and Tippy’s story will appear on Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers later this year.