Nurse banned from keeping animals after letting dog get into ‘horrendous’ state

A Lincolnshire woman has been banned from keeping animals for five years after leaving her Cocker Spaniel to get into a ‘horrendous’ state.

Maverick the Spaniel was emaciated, matted lame and had rotten teeth when he was removed from his home.

Amanda Homes from Broughton appeared at Grimsby Magistrates Court on Friday 6 July and pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence of causing unnecessary suffering to her dog.

She was sentenced to a five-year ban on all animals and was fined £630, but the judge decided not to remove her second dog due to its age. Instead, the RSPCA issued her with a warning notice and Ms. Holmes’ son took responsibility for the dog’s care.

RSPCA Inspector Samantha Weston, who investigated, said: “When we removed poor Maverick from Ms. Holmes’ care he was in an horrendous state. His fur was so matted he could hardly walk and he certainly couldn’t move around comfortably. His ears were like two huge, clumps and were rock-hard with matted, dirty fur.

“He was in a terrible state with sore eyes and rotten teeth. He was also lame and very underweight. He was an elderly dog and vets felt like he was in such a poor condition and was so unwell that the only option was to put him to sleep. It was devastating that he’d been through so much pain and discomfort and we couldn’t save him.”