Northampton man and woman banned from keeping pets after cruelty charge deny getting a new dog

Northampton Magistrates' Court
Northampton Magistrates' Court

A Northampton man and woman who were banned from keeping animals after their dogs fatally wounded each other in a fight have denied breaching the order after a pet was seized from one of their addresses.

Elisa Bates, 27, of Brammar House, Hollyrood Road, and Adam Underwood, 29, of Monmouth Road, Spencer, were convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs last year after they failed to keep their two pets, Bobby and Marley, apart, though they were known to fight each other.

Both dogs died from injuries sustained in a fight and, as a result of the deaths, Bates and Underwood, a couple at the time of the fight, were banned from keeping pets for five years under the Animal Welfare Act.

But they appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court again yesterday charged with breaching their respective orders.

In a prosecution brought by the RSPCA, the animal welfare charity alleges a Staffordshire bull terrier by the name of Magic, was seized from Bates’ apartment on Hollyrood Road on January 19 this year.

In court yesterday, both Bates and Underwood pleaded not guilty to the offences, denying ownership of the dog.

Magistrates sent the matter for a one-day trial on Friday, December 18.

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