A Northamptonshire woman has been banned from owning animals for life after keeping her pets in what an RSPCA inspector called “the worst environment they had ever seen”.
The RSPCA were called to the home of Caroline Monk after neighbours reported hearing dogs in the property, even though the owner was rarely there.
Kevin McCole, prosecuting on behalf of the animal welfare charity, said: “The inspector was horrified by what she saw and the smell was so overpowering that she nearly vomitted.”
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that one of the two dogs, a one-year-old Mastiff called Nash, was being kept in a cage that was “too small and had not been cleaned for several weeks” and had “no access to food and water”.
Floors in the flat were covered in “compacted faeces” and urine, had attracted “beetles and flies” and were strewn with hazards, including bottles of bleach.
Nash, who was found underweight and with infected ulcers on his body, had to be put down.
The inspector was horrified by what she saw and the smell was so overpowering that she nearly vomittedKevin McCole, prosecuting for RSPCA
A statement by the RSPCA inspector said: “The dog would have felt pain from hunger, thirst and his skin conditions, and would have continued to suffer organ failure.”
The other dog, a five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Millie, was found overweight but has recovered since being taken treated by the RSPCA.
Monk, aged 45, from Burns Road, Wellingborough, pleaded guilty to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and breaching her duty of responsibility to ensure animal welfare.
Tony Davies, defending, said that the treatment of both dogs had been “dreadful” and “disgusting” but that Monk could not be held responsible because of her medical condition.
He said: “This was not an offence of volition, but of omission and a lack of foresight.
“She was not acting out of a cavalier attitude, but an impaired ability to care for her pets, and we cannot judge her by the same standards as the rest of us.”
A statement by Monk, read out in court, said that the had only left the dogs for “four days” because she had recently suffered a fit and was “completely out of it”.
She was banned for life from keeping any animals and was ordered to pay a £300 contribution to the £500 court costs and a victim surcharge of £60. She was also placed under a six-month supervision order.