A woman from Castleford has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping all animals for life after an RSPCA prosecution. 

 

Victoria Louise Chamberlain (D.O.B 06.09.99) of Moor Road, Featherstone, Pontefract appeared before Leeds Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday (3 December).Sasha

 

She was convicted in her absence of two offences* on Friday 22 November – one of causing unnecessary suffering to Sasha by failing to provide vet treatment and one of causing unnecessary suffering to her by failing to protect her from her then-boyfriend Joe Bucktrout.

 

Bucktrout (D.O.B 11.07.98) of Lumley Avenue, Castleford pleaded guilty to two offences at the same hearing and was jailed and disqualified from keeping all animals for life**.

 

RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid said: “We attended the address Chamberlain and Bucktrout shared on Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford after we were passed a number of recordings taken over a four-day period where Bucktrout can be heard shouting at Sasha, there are loud bangs and Sasha is screaming. Chamberlain’s voice can also be heard.

 

“Sasha had sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including the dislocation of both hips – her left hip was out when we rescued her, which hadn’t had any veterinary attention, and she was operated on in RSPCA care.

 

“She also had three fractured ribs that were in the process of healing and severe and obvious scarring to her head, consistent, according to the veterinary expert, with burns most likely caused by cigarettes.

 

“Chamberlain maintained what was said by both parties in interview, which was that the first hip dislocation was due to an accident in the garden where a mattress had fallen on Sasha. The second dislocation was explained as thought to have happened when Sasha was recovering from an operation to repair the first and fell down the stairs. However, the veterinary expert said that couldn’t be true and concluded that he believed the injuries were caused by intentional and repeated violence against her, which Bucktrout went on to admit in court.”

 

Chamberlain was sentenced to 10 weeks custodial suspended for 12 months, a 12 month community order with 15 RAR days and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

 

Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA earlier on in the process and has been happily rehomed. Inspector Reid said: “I’m so happy for her. She’s such a wonderful, loving dog who just craves affection despite all that has happened to her.”

*The full offences Chamberlain was convicted of in absence are:

“That between 1st August 2018 and 29th October 2018 at an address on Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford, you  did cause unnecessary suffering to a certain animal namely a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog known as Sasha (exhibited as VR/1 ), by failing to provide prompt veterinary care in respect of the dog’s injuries and you knew or ought reasonably to have known that your failure to act would have that effect or be likely to do so, contrary to Section 4, Subsection 1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006”.

“That between 1 August 2018 and 29th October 2018 at an address on Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford, you  did cause unnecessary suffering to a certain animal namely a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog known as Sasha (exhibited as VR/1 ), by failing to adequately protect the said animal from becoming injured and you knew or ought reasonably to have known that your failure to act would have that effect or be likely to do so, contrary to Section 4, Subsection 1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006”.

**The full offences Bucktrout pleaded guilty to are:

“That between 1st August 2018 and 29th October 2018 at an address on Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford, you did cause unnecessary suffering to a certain animal namely a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog known as Sasha (exhibited as VR/1 ), by inflicting injury upon the said animal and you knew or ought reasonably to have known that your act would have that effect or be likely to do so, contrary to Section 4, Subsection 1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006”.

“That between 1st August 2018 and 29th October 2018 at an address on Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford, you did cause unnecessary suffering to a certain animal namely a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog known as Sasha (exhibited as VR/1 ), by failing to provide prompt veterinary care in respect of the dog’s injuries and you knew or ought reasonably to have known that your failure to act would have that effect or be likely to do so, contrary to Section 4, Subsection 1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006”.

Bucktrout was sentenced to 18 weeks for the first offence and 10 weeks for the second – to run concurrent – and a minimum of 9 weeks in custody allowing for good behaviour and then supervision on licence. He was ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.