Dog’s con­di­tion ‘dis­gust­ing’

Owner ig­nored pet’s painful dis­ease

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

A YOUNG woman who left her dog with an ex­tremely un­com­fort­able and painful skin con­di­tion has been sen­tenced for caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to her pet.

Syl­wia Pietras, 23. of Daw­son Close, Hayes, ap­peared at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court to ad­mit one count of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a tan-coloured cocker spaniel.

The court heard how, be­tween March 24 and June 24 this year, she failed to pro­vide ad­e­quate ve­teri­nary care and at­ten­tion for a skin con­di­tion that af­fected the dog’s body, face and paws.

RSPCA in­spec­tor Becky Tim­ber­lake said the three-year-old cocker spaniel, named Deizi, was dis­cov­ered in a “dis­gust­ing” con­di­tion and her skin was “stink­ing” from in­fec­tion.

Pietras was sen­tenced on Novem­ber 18 to 12 weeks in prison, sus­pended for one year; 100 hours of un­paid work; costs to­talling £860; and was dis­qual­i­fied from own­ing any an­i­mal for two years.

She was also or­dered by the judge to hand over own­er­ship of Deizi to the RSPCA for re­hom­ing.

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, In­spec­tor Tim­ber­lake said: “When Pietras first got Deizi, she claims she took her to the vet and was pre­scribed with an­tibi­otics to clear up a skin prob­lem.

“She told us that when it started to get bad again, she waited three weeks be­fore seek­ing any ve­teri­nary treat­ment. When the prob­lem re­turned, Pietras said she didn’t think she could give Deizi an­tibi­otics longterm so didn’t treat her.

“She said she thought the dry­ing pus and foul smell meant it was get­ting bet­ter. Of course, it didn’t mean that.

“I dread to think the pain and dis­com­fort Deizi had to put up with for months.

“When we first saw her, huge patches of her coat had fallen out and her skin was red raw.

“Luck­ily for Deizi, she has now made a full re­cov­ery and will soon be ready to go to a new home. She is a really lovely dog and will make a won­der­ful fam­ily pet.”

Deizi, now nick­named Daisy by RSPCA staff, is at the char­ity’s Mill­brook cen­tre, in Chob­ham, Sur­rey. And the lucky pooch al­ready has sev­eral new home of­fers.

n NE­GLECT: Daisy’s owner ig­nored her painful skin con­di­tion

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