Woman who failed to get treatment for her dog’s broken leg banned from keeping animals for ten years
Written by Tristan Harris on November 17, 2018
A WOMAN from Druids Heath who failed to get treatment for her dog for 11 days after it had suffered a broken leg in a car accident has been banned from keeping animals for ten years.
Selina Shepherd, 37, of Bells Lane pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to her Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Lola following the incident on September 1.
It happened after Lola broke free from the garden through an unlocked gate.
Instead of getting the dog treatment Shepherd tried to treat it at home using a splint.
The RSPCA was alerted to the incident by a concerned member of the public and inspector Jonathan Ratcliffe was sent to Shepherd’s address.
He said: “When I arrived Shepherd was very hostile towards me and the police came to assist.
“When Lola was brought to me I could see straight away she appeared to have a broken leg.
“She was struggling to walk and could not bear any weight on that leg, she was clearly in pain.
“I took her for veterinary treatment and it was discovered the break was made more complicated by the fact she had not been treated for nine days.”
There was concern the dog may have to have her leg amputated but thanks to a veterinary team her the surgery was successful and her leg was saved.
The owner would not sign Lola over to the RSPCA for rehoming so she has been cared for by the charity for 14 months.
Now after the case, the RSPCA will be able to find her a loving home.
Insp Ratcliffe said: “This case highlights the fact that there is never an excuse not to get your pets veterinary treatment if they are suffering – especially in this incident when the dog must have suffered terribly with such a serious injury.”
As well as the disqualification order Shepherd was also given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay £200 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.