Leamington woman found guilty in animal cruelty case

By Kevin Unitt 04/05 Updated: 09/05 07:29

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Labrador Pip with her horrific neck injuries clearly visible after she was taken into a Leamington’s vets in November last year. Picture by RSPCA. (s)

A WOMAN from Leamington has been found guilty of animal cruelty after her dog was left millimetres from death by an horrific neck injury.

Wenda Allen insisted in court on Monday (April 30) that “dogs were her life” and pleaded not guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the welfare of an animal, saying she had not noticed the large red wound around the neck of her dog.

But the 52-year-old Buckley Road resident, who defended herself in court without legal representation, was found guilty on both counts after the vet who treated the animal said any reasonable person would have noticed the injuries.

The eight-year-old labrador, called Pip, had been brought to Feldon Veterinary Centre in Leamington in November last year by a friend of Miss Allen's.

Veterinary surgeon Andrew Valencia told the court he had instantly discovered the wound, which was caused by an elastic hair band which had been placed around her neck and had been acting like a saw for anything up to a week.

In some places the wound was an inch deep and just millimetres from her main arteries, which would have killed her had they been severed.

Mr Valencia said the animal had been in an “extreme amount of pain” and he was “alarmed” by the sight and smell of the wound, adding the animal should have been brought to him far sooner.

Following surgery Pip made a full recovery and is now in kennels awaiting a new home.

Prosecutors insisted the animal's injuries had been “so gross and so obvious it would have been clear to anyone that failing to get treatment for the animal would cause it suffering.”

In response Miss Allen said she would “never ever hurt” any of her animals and added she honestly thought the foul smell coming from dog was being caused by an earlier ear infection it had suffered, for which she had taken the dog to the vets a month previously.

But following the guilty verdict, the presiding judge told her the injuries suffered by the dog “should have been obvious to any reasonable person”.

He adjourned sentencing until May 23 to enable a probation report to be compiled.

The RSPCA said it would comment on the case at that time.

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The animal has now made a full recovery and is set to be re-homed. Picture by RSPCA. (s)

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