Michael Kevin Jackson (D.O.B 30.04.58) and Christine Lorraine Carol Diane Jackson (D.O.B 29.03.74) of separate addresses on Stratford Street appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Monday (14 January).
They admitted, between 1 October and 1 November 2018, causing unnecessary suffering to an adult male mastiff called Butch by failing to explore and address chronic wounds to his head which led to his death.
RSPCA inspector Kris Walker said: “I could smell Butch before I saw him – I’ve never smelt anything so horrific. I couldn’t get it off myself and my van smelled for about a week afterwards.
“He was wearing a buster collar that had blood and tissue on it from the open wounds all over his head and neck, which it turned out were ulcerated cancerous tumours.
“He was crying and shaking his head and necrotic skin was going everywhere. The pain he was in was obvious. It was the most appalling thing I’ve seen in a long while.
“His right eye had almost vanished and his left eye was shut. He couldn’t see – when we got to the vets he was bumping into the examination table and walls.
“His ear canals were so inflamed they were completely closed and the skin on the pad of one of his feet was also gone, open and bloody.
“Mr Jackson told me he had been treating him by pouring Dettol on his face.”
After examination Butch was put to sleep on vet advice.
In mitigation for Mr Jackson the court heard that the offence happened when he was separated from his wife Christine. The dog had banged his head and sustained a cut at some stage which had worsened. He said he did try to bathe the cut and the dog was eating okay but this was challenged and the court heard that the defendant clearly knew there was a problem as he was walking the dog at night. The court was told he was not working due to health issues.
In mitigation for Mrs Jackson the court heard that she had not been aware of the extent of the problem, however she stated that she had asked Mr Jackson to contact the RSPCA. The court heard that she also had health problems.
As well as the lifetime disqualification, Mr Jackson was sentenced to a 12 week curfew order between 7pm – 7am, 15 rehabilitation days, ordered to pay £150 costs and £85 victim surcharge. Mrs Jackson was sentenced to a 12 month community order including 200 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation days, ordered to pay £150 costs and £85 victim surcharge. A deprivation order was placed on Mrs Jackson’s five cats.