A woman from Lincolnshire has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years for causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of her dogs.

Carrie-Ann Fothergill (D.O.B 02.04.87) of Sutterton Drove, Amber Hill, Boston appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Monday (9 October).

 

Coke before
Coke before

Her two dogs, Staffies ‘Coke’ (pictured left before and below right after) and ‘Mitzy’ (pictured below left before and below right after), were in very poor condition when they came to RSPCA attention after a call from a concerned member of the public in March this year.

 

RSPCA inspector Rebecca Harper said: “Both dogs were in a real state when I first saw them.

 

“Coke had a very swollen toe which we thought was a result of a ingrowing nail but further exploration found she also had an untreated tumour and had to have it amputated. She had an untreated parasite burden which had lead to anaemia and dehydration, and needed to be put on a drip at the vets. She also had severe dental disease.

 

“Mitzy had an untreated skin condition and flea infestation resulting in the loss of some of her fur and had untreated ear infections.”

Coke after
Coke after

 

At an earlier hearing Fothergill was convicted in her absence of six offences under the Animal Welfare Act, five of causing unnecessary suffering and one of failing to meet the needs of the dogs*.

 

As well as the disqualification order, she was also deprived of any other animals in her care, given a three year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £300 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Both dogs have now made a full recovery in RSPCA care.

 

Mitzy before
Mitzy before

RSPCA inspector Harper said: “It’s so wonderful to see them now, they look like different dogs to the ones I took to the vets that day.

 

“They are absolute sweethearts and I can’t wait for them to get the great new homes they deserve.”

 

Anyone who thinks they might like to offer a forever home to Coke or Mitzy should contact the RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Shelter on 0115 9334422.

 

*The offences were:

 

  1. between 20 February and 13 March 2017 at Sutterton Drove, causing unnecessary suffering to Coke by failing to provide veterinary care and attention for an ingrowing nail and infected and swollen toe;

    Mitzy after
    Mitzy after
  2. between 20 February and 13 March 2017 at Sutterton Drove, causing unnecessary suffering to Coke by failing to provide veterinary care and attention for her dental disease;

  3. between 3 March and 13 March 2017 at Sutterton Drove, causing unnecessary suffering to Coke by failing to provide veterinary care and attention for her dehydration;

  4. between 20 February and 13 March 2017 at Sutterton Drove, causing unnecessary suffering to Mitzy by failing to provide veterinary care and attention for her skin condition;

  5. between 27 February and 13 March 2017 at Sutterton Drove, causing unnecessary suffering to Mitzy by failing to provide veterinary care and attention for her ear condition;

  6. on or before 13 March 2017 at Sutterton Drove, failing to meet the needs of Coke and Mitzy by failing to protect them from pain, suffering, injury and disease by failing to provide proper and effective flea treatment.