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Cruel couple imprison Staffordshire Bull Terriers in cage for two years

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  1. lisa0307

    lisa0307 PetForums VIP

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    A cruel couple who kept two dogs as 'prisoners' in 'appalling' conditions have been banned from keeping animals.

    Karen and John Anderson kept two Staffordshire Bull Terriers locked in a small cage 22 hours a day for two years.

    The court heard how female dog Jet, aged 10, and male dog Tye, aged 12, were shunned by their owners.

    When rescued by the RSPCA on January 20, both had damaged teeth and were covered in sores and scars from trying to escape the cage.

    The broken wires were bent back into place by Mr and Mrs Anderson to keep the pets contained, concealed behind an old sofa in a dirty, disused bedroom.

    Kevin Worthington, prosecuting, said both dogs were 'emaciated with ribs, spines and skulls all visible'.

    They were rarely fed while trapped, with paws stained from urine and faeces. Neither dog could walk.

    The court heard how the defendants had two other dogs, both Dogue de Bordeaux, who Mrs Anderson described as her 'babies'.

    They slept in the bedroom with Mr and Mrs Anderson and were treated as part of the family. The couple also kept Barn Owls and tropical fish.

    All pets have now been seized by the RSPCA.

    Jonathan Conder, defending, told Halton Magistrates Court that the dogs were separated because they started to fight.

    He said: "The defendants fully accept the cage was completely inadequate accomodation for the dogs.

    "That wasn't the right way to keep them.

    "The treatment of the dogs is an aberration for people who have kept pets all their lives."

    Mr and Mrs Anderson, of Warrington, Cheshire, remained impassive as the abuse was read out and they were sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.

    They were banned from keeping animals for 10 years. A 26 week curfew was also imposed from 7pm to 6am.

    Mr Anderson, 62, on long term sick from self-employed work as a removal man, was told to pay £600 towards a £4,000 vet bill.

    Mrs Anderson, 58, who is on benefits, will pay £520.

    District Judge Bridget Knight said: "This case is truly shocking.

    "I have seen the photographs of these two dogs that were family pets kept as prisoners.

    "I can't conceive how you as human beings and dog owners could sleep night after night when you knew these two animals were suffering greatly.

    "You had grandchildren visiting and I can't bear to think of young children knowing animals were being treated in this way.

    "I almost despair."

    :mad:


    LINK: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/42...fordshire-Bull-Terriers-in-cage-for-two-years
     
  2. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Summersky PetForums VIP

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    Unbelievable. Poor, poor things. Did they have to be PTS, or are they still alive, does anyone know?

    Pity the people can't be caged in a similar way. And they should be banned from keeping pets for life. If they're not remorseful, they're not going to change.
     
  4. RockRomantic

    RockRomantic Gobsh!te

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    There alive, still together and are looking much healthier ) I saw a picture shared around Facebook from a rescue ill try post the picture
     
  5. RockRomantic

    RockRomantic Gobsh!te

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    Here it is

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  6. lostbear

    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    Thank you SO much for this picture - what a transformation! I hope that they get to live out their twilight years with someone wonderful who deserves their love and loyalty. :)
     
  7. RockRomantic

    RockRomantic Gobsh!te

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    I posted on your thread hun I was hoping you'd see it :) don't they look amazing compared to the picture on the left
     
  8. jenniferx

    jenniferx PetForums VIP

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    I could actually cry looking at that before/after. I have been wondering from first reading that story what actually happened to them.
     
  9. tiatortilla

    tiatortilla PetForums VIP

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    Thankyou for posting this, I've had the "before" picture ingrained in my mind since I saw it and it's so great to see them looking so much better. I really hope somebody nice rescues them and gives them the life they deserve.
     
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    Makes me really angry that this animal cruelty never stops.....
     
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