Man admits causing unnecessary suffering to pet dog

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A Northampton man pleaded guilty in court to causing unnecessary suffering to his pet dog.

Christopher Shrubsall, aged 33, of Hunter Street in The Mounts, was charged with the offence at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard Shrubsall did not go to the vet about the tan-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier’s tumour, did not feed the dog sufficiently and did 
not investigate her weight loss between July 4 and September 4.

Kevin McCole, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the 15-year-old pet, called Pippa, was rescued by an RSPCA inspector on September 4 and taken to Vets4Pets in St James.

The court was told a vet said she was seriously emaciated, had a tumour on her chest, a snapped tooth and was blind. Pippa was put down under the direction of the vet and her owner.

Shrubsall, who was unrepresented in court, said he did not take Pippa to the vet as he could not afford the bills and was heartbroken about what had happened to her.