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article imageScabby, bloody puppy left dying — Owner had TV bills to pay

By Lesley Lanir     Apr 11, 2013 in World
Llandudno - A 10-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier puppy "left to pass away peacefully" was found covered in scabs and open wounds. The puppy was left dying with an untreated skin condition because the owner preferred to go out and pay her satellite TV bill.
The RSPCA The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - the UK's largest animal welfare charity, reports the following harrowing event.
RSPCA Inspector Rachael Davies visited a house and found a 10-month old Staffordshire bull terrier puppy in the following state:
1. He was bald apart from a small line of hair along his spine.
2. He was Full of scabs and open bleeding wounds filled with puss.
3. He was covered in strong smelling, red skin.
4. His ribs were visible.
5. His feet had cracked, raw and bleeding pads.
The puppy, Troy, had no desire to get up, in contrast to his owner, who was found in the following state:
1. Dressed and made up up ready to go on a night out.
2. Anxious to get her taxi.
3. Unconcerned about the state of the puppy.
When interviewed later The 25-year-old single mother said that she could not afford treatment for the puppy seeing as she had satellite television bills to pay for. Her intentions for Troy were “just to keep him comfortable, until he passed away.” The woman showed no signs of remorse and said, “money comes first.”
The woman from Llandudno, Wales, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy by failing to seek out appropriate veterinary care. Her behaviour was considered contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Besides being disqualified from keeping dogs for five years and ordered to pay £200 costs, she was sentenced to a 12 month community order including being under curfew between the hours of 9PM and 7AM for four months.
After a few days, the puppy-dog, Troy, was faring much better after receiving treatment and he had begun to eat and drink and walk around.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been concerned with animal welfare since 1824.
Gavin Grant, CEO of the RSPCA, warned in a report, Animal welfare at crisis point, warns RSPCA chief that animal rescue charities "are being overwhelmed with animals in dire need, stretching them to breaking point."
He continued to say that "The RSPCA alone reports a massive 65 per cent increase in animals abandoned over the last five years as pet owners struggle to make ends meet since the recession began." This means that around 40,000 additional animals may require future care from the charity. The RSPCA responds to over 25,000 calls a week.
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