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article image71-year-old given electronic tag after refusing to put dog down

By Christopher Bates     Jul 29, 2011 in Crime
Ashton-under-lyne - A 71-year-old woman has been told that she must wear an electronic tag after she refused to have her elderly dog put down.
Pauline Spoor from Hattersley, Greater Manchester, had been ordered to wear the tag for three months, ensuring that she cannot leave her home between the hours of 9pm and 6am. If she does, she may face a prison sentence.
It was following an anonymous call when RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) officers raided Mrs Spoor's home, charging her with causing unnecessary suffering to the 18-year-old chocolate Labrador.
Although her dog Dexter had arthritis and conjunctivitis and was unable to walk, Mrs Spoor just couldn't let go.
She said: "I was simply guilty of being too blinded by love to deal with the reality of the situation as regards my Dexter,"
"I couldn’t bear to part with him. He was a fantastic dog. To be given a tag I thought was disgusting. I’m 71 and a granny who only goes out to walk her dogs. I’m not some drink-crazed lager lout."
After admitting the charge at Tameside Magistrates Court, Spoor was charged £250 and made to complete a community order.
Dexter has since been put down.
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