A Mastiff-type dog was left to suffer in conditions so bad the smell “burned the eyes” of an RSPCA inspector, in one of the “worst cases of neglect” she had ever experienced.
Roxanne Louise Tutton (d.o.b 09/06/1984), of Jones Street, Newport, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog – named Troy – at Newport Magistrates’ Court on Friday (10 November).
Imagery shows the “horrendous” condition of the dog, who was seized by police in July and taken into the care of RSPCA Cymru.
She was banned from keeping dogs for a period of five-years, handed a conditional discharge for three years, and told to pay costs totalling £300 and a £20 victim surcharge.
The RSPCA responded to calls after the dog was spotted with bones visible across his body, and in a grossly-emaciated state, with pressure sores visible on his coat. The dog was being kept in appalling conditions at the Newport property, found in a small dark area without light, ventilation, food, water or bedding.
Ms Tutton failed to investigate the poor bodily condition and loss of weight experienced by the dog, and was sentenced after pleading guilty to an offence under the Animal Welfare Act (2006).
Fortunately, following a period of rehabilitation at the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre, Troy has found a second chance of happiness after being successfully re-homed.
RSPCA inspector Emma Smith said: “This was one of the worst cases of neglect I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with.
“The conditions at the property were absolutely appalling; with the smell so bad it burned the eyes.
“We tried so hard to work with the owner over a period of time to improve the dog’s welfare, but our help was not accepted and our advice not heeded.
“Poor Troy was seized by police, after being found in a small, hugely inappropriate environment, without adequate lighting, sustenance or comfort.
“His condition was horrendous – but, thankfully, his story has a fairytale ending, as after a spell of rehabilitation at the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre, Troy has been successfully and happily re-homed.
“Owning a dog like Troy should be a privilege, and it beggars belief how anyone could succumb a fellow living creature to the sort of treatment which this poor Mastiff endured. The RSPCA exists to protect animals like poor Troy; and it’s such a relief that this dog now has a second chance of happiness in a new forever home.”