RSPCA welcomes Caerphilly dog suffering jail sentences

The RSPCA has welcomed prison sentences and a ban on keeping animals handed out to a couple who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs.

Marie Howells, 37, and Darrell Richards, 42, from Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to three charges at the town's magistrates court.

An RSPCA inspector found both dogs very underweight, one less than half the weight it should have been.

The couple were jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life.

The RSPCA said its inspector Christine McNeil visited the house in Penyrheol on 14 November last year.

She found a bull mastiff type dog named Sally kept in a garden shed and another called Sox kept in the house.

A veterinary examination concluded both dogs were very underweight and that Sally was severely emaciated.

She was less than half the weight that she should have been, had early kidney failure and an infected liver.

Her condition was so poor that she could not support herself and had to be carried.

Image caption Sally had early kidney failure and her liver was infected

Sally was signed over to the RSPCA and Sox was rehomed by a neighbour.

The charity said although Sally's condition improved she was later put down.

A spokesperson added: "A few weeks ago she bit a member of staff and this incident meant that we could not have placed her in a new home knowing that this might be repeated.

"As a consequence, Sally unfortunately had to be put to sleep."

Welcoming the verdict, Ms McNeil said: "This is a fair result, reflecting the appalling cruelty and neglect displayed by the defendants."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites