Court told of suffering of man’s neglected lurchers
Untreated scarring and cuts led to one becoming lame
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A YOUNG man has been banned from keeping animals for five years after injuries suffered by his two lurchers were left untreated, causing one of them to become lame.
Connor Hurst, 21, of Hensworth Road, Ashford, appeared before South East Surrey magistrates on Tuesday last week and pleaded guilty to two offences under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.
Hurst admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his lurchers Girl and Dolly.
The untreated cut paws on Girl were so sore they caused lameness.
The RSPCA said Dolly was left with a skin condition causing a large part of her back to be covered in scabs.
Hurst admitted failing to obtain professional veterinary care for injuries affecting Girl’s left forepad and right hind metacarpal pad, and Dolly’s skin condition and infection.
The RSPCA discovered Girl and Dolly last November at Hurst’s home during wider investigations into unrelated issues.
RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe, who works in the society’s special operations unit, said: “Both dogs were in a bad state and had just been left to suffer.
“No attempt appeared to have been made to treat them or take them to a vet.
“Girl had scarring around her face and deep cuts on her paws, and it was very clearly painful for her to walk on them, causing lameness.
“Dolly was suffering from a skin condition, again untreated, which had caused hair loss, inflammation and scabbing over a large area of her back.
“They were both caused to suffer unnecessarily, but luckily have made a good recovery now.
“We now hope to find them a happy new home.”
As well as the ban on keeping animals, Hurst was given a 12-month community order during which he must undertake 160 hours of unpaid work.
He was also told to pay £642 costs.
Connor Hurst’s lurcher called Girl suffered lameness after untreated cuts on her paws made it difficult for her to walk. She has now made a good recovery.
Dolly has now recovered from a skin condition which had resulted in hair loss, inflammation and scabbing.