A woman from Wigan has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after causing suffering to her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Kelly Marie Hare appeared before Wigan Magistrates’ Court on September 18 and pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Bieber.
Hare failed to investigate and address the causes of his poor body condition and weight loss, between March 20 and April 10 2018.
An RSPCA Inspector attended Hare’s house after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public who saw Bieber dead in a shed in Hare’s rubbish-strewn back garden.
RSPCA inspector Claire Fisher, said: “I arrived 36 minutes later and Bieber’s body was gone. We found Hare at a neighbouring house and she told us that she had no idea that her dog was dead or where his body was, but the following day I got a call from a police officer who had attended a disturbance and said they thought they knew where Bieber had been buried.
“We went straight to the address, which was connected to Hare, and Bieber was exhumed from a freshly dug grave. He was extremely emaciated, and a post mortem fund he had ingested some kind of wipe, possibly a baby wipe or cleaning wipe of some kind, which was a huge 30cm X 12cm in size. He had been dead for at least a week.”
As well as disqualification, Hare was sentenced to a 12-month community order including 220 hours of unpaid work. She was ordered to pay £400 costs and £85 victim surcharge.
Inspector Fisher added: “Despite five appointments being made to interview Hare, she didn’t show up so we don’t know exactly what happened to Bieber in the weeks or months before his death, but expert opinion is that tragically he suffered for at least three weeks before he died.”