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Dog So Emaciated ‘You Could See Every Bone’ - Couple Banned from Keeping Animals

01 May 2014

UK - A couple from Greater Manchester have been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after being found guilty of allowing their dog, a young female Weimaraner-type, to suffer.

The dog, called ‘Lola’, was extremely emaciated – weighing just 14.5kg when she was rescued by the RSPCA. The average weight for a dog of her type would be 25-30kg.

Jennifer Plater and Michael Knight of Rutland Road, Tyldesley appeared at Wigan Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday 29 April).

They were convicted in absence at an earlier hearing of (1.) between 2 November and 14 December 2013, causing unnecessary suffering to Lola by failing to investigate and address the causes of her weight loss and poor bodily condition and (2.) failing to meet her needs by failing to provide a suitable diet and fresh water.

RSPCA inspector Vicki McDonald said: “Lola was so emaciated you could see every bone in her body.

“Anyone could see that she was extremely underweight, in fact we were alerted to her plight after a shocked member of the public saw Mr Knight out with her, though he does deny this.

“She was like a walking skeleton.”

The RSPCA attended the couple’s home on 14 December and Lola was seized by police. The court heard that when presented with food she ‘ate ravenously’.

After less than three weeks in RSPCA care Lola’s weight had already increased to 17.5kg. On her last weigh-in on 29 January she weighed 21.4kg, which was a 47.6 per cent increase in body weight.

Lola was signed over to the RSPCA and has now been happily rehomed.

As well as the disqualification on keeping animals, both Ms Plater and Mr Knight were given curfew orders between the hours of 9pm and 7am for 26 weeks. Ms Plater was ordered to pay £200 in costs and Mr Knight was ordered to pay £300 in costs.

In mitigation the court heard that Mr Knight had health problems resulting in a stay in hospital and it was during this time they had struggled with all of their commitments, including that of owning a dog.

Inspector McDonald said: “All owners are responsible for meeting the needs of their pets, the most basic of which is the provision of an adequate diet.

“This couple failed this dog terribly, she was literally starving to death. The vet report stated that Lola had suffered for around six weeks.

“They bought Lola for £100 from a stranger they met in the street. A free vet check around the same time showed she was a normal, healthy weight, so the weight loss happened in their care.

“People should always think long and hard about taking on a dog, or any animal, to ensure they can meet the commitments involved. It’s clear that didn’t happen here.”

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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