Court told of suf­fer­ing of man’s ne­glected lurchers

Un­treated scar­ring and cuts led to one be­com­ing lame

Staines Informer - - FRONT PAGE - Char­lotte Tal­bot

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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.

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