Council prosecutes pet owner after dog was found suffering from 'malnutrition and neglect' (From St Helens Star)
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Council prosecutes pet owner after dog was found suffering from 'malnutrition and neglect'
A DOG owner whose pet suffered “malnutrition and neglect” has been sentenced to a six-month community order and told to pay more than £1,000 in court costs.
Graham Edwards, 52, from McCormack Avenue in Parr, was prosecuted after his German Shepherd was picked up by wardens as a stray.
He admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at a hearing at St Helens Magistrates’ Court.
Investigators say the dog, called Tina, was found on Tickle Avenue, Parr in a terrible state, but when questioned, Edwards initially claimed that fleas were responsible.
Not satisfied with the explanation, the dog warden refused to give the dog back to him and took Tina away.
During the investigation, the first undertaken by St Helens Council under the Animal Welfare Act, the dog was examined by a vet who concluded its condition was consistent with malnutrition and neglect.
Edwards handed over the dog prior to the court hearing and Tina was re-homed in Staffordshire with help from German Shepherd Rescue.
Now renamed Luna, the dog has made a remarkable recovery and gained weight.
Edwards was given a six-month community order and ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £1,187 plus a victim surcharge of £60.
St Helens Council’s cabinet member for environment and neighbourhoods, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “This action was the first of its type taken by us against an owner for causing unnecessary suffering to a pet dog – since the adoption of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 earlier this year.
“Thankfully, the majority of dog owners in St Helens are responsible and care for their pets.”