Owner would not pay for vet med­i­ca­tion

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - ALEX HIB­BERT

AMAN al­lowed his pet dog and her three pup­pies to suf­fer be­cause he thought the £8.16 cost of treat­ing their ill­nesses ‘was too ex­pen­sive’, a court heard.

Peter Green, 32, didn’t pick up the an­tibi­otics which were wait­ing for him at a lo­cal vets to treat his Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier’s mange.

It meant his dog Stella lost fur and de­vel­oped painful sores around her body, the court was told.

Green also failed to treat Stella’s pup­pies who de­vel­oped the con­di­tion within hours of be­ing born, mag­is­trates heard.

While four pup­pies were sold, the re­main­ing three were al­lowed to de­velop the painful con­di­tion.

In­stead of treat­ing his an­i­mals with the pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion Green at­tempted to use reme­dies in­tended for hu­mans, a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trate’s Court heard on Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 6).

Green, of Coro­na­tion Street, Mac­cles­field, was dis­qual­i­fied from keep­ing any an­i­mals for three years and Stella and the three pup­pies were taken away from him.

He had been found guilty of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a pro­tected an­i­mal af­ter a trial in his ab­sence at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing at the court.

Louise Aldridge, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “Dur­ing a visit by the RSPCA of­fi­cer in Novem­ber she found that Stella had sub­stan­tial fur loss and sores around her body.

“She was told by Green that Stella had mange and that med­i­ca­tion had been sub­scribed by a lo­cal vet.”

Ms Aldridge added: “The of­fi­cer was asked to at­tend Green’s ad­dress in De­cem­ber.

“Dur­ing the visit Green seemed ag­i­tated, Stella had a large, ooz­ing scab on back of her head and had lost a lot of fur on her head and face. The of­fi­cer again re­turned on Jan­uary 3 and Green was abu­sive to­wards her, he would not let her into the prop­erty and was shout­ing and swear­ing at her.

“He told her he had an ap­point­ment at the vets booked in for Jan­uary 6.”

Ms Mor­ris called the vets to check on his story but was told that Green did not have an ap­point­ment booked.

Mrs Aldridge added: “Mor­ris re­turned to Green’s ad­dress on Jan­uary 8 with po­lice as­sis­tance. Stella was found to have sub­stan­tial fur loss and red scratches and marks on her flanks.

“Af­ter be­ing taken into care a vet con­firmed Stella would have suf­fered for about a month, and the pup­pies would have suf­fered for a week.

“In a po­lice in­ter­view Green said he didn’t pick up the an­tibi­otics as they were too ex­pen­sive. He ad­mit­ted he should have gone to the vets.”

Green told the court that the he had re­searched the hu­man med­i­ca­tion he had given the an­i­mals on the in­ter­net and read that they were suit­able for dogs. He was or­dered to carry out 200 hours un­paid work and pay £150 costs.

Peter Green, 32, caused his pet dog Stella (pic­tured above) and her three pup­pies to suf­fer

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