Couple avoid jail despite severely neglecting pet dog Teddy

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A COUPLE who neglected their dog so badly he was too weak to stand up escaped a jail term.

Stewart, 47, and Sarah Millar, 42, failed to seek medical help for 12 year-old Bichon Frise Teddy despite his jaw being broken in three places and him having an ear infection so severe he was left with a 10cm wound.

It was one of the worst cases the RSPCA has ever seen in south Essex.

RSPCA Inspector Matt Gough made an unannounced visit to Mr and Mrs Millar's home in Basildon Road, Basildon, on May 20 following reports from neighbours that a number of animals were living in dirty conditions.

Vets soon discovered Teddy was so underweight his ribs were visible, and estimated he had gone without food for up to four weeks.

They were left with no choice but to put him down.

Magistrates at Basildon Magistrates Court handed Mr Millar a 12 month community order and ordered him to complete 150 hours unpaid work, whilst his wife was sentenced to a six month community order after they pleaded guilty to six counts of causing unnecessary neglect to an animal.

The couple have also been banned from keeping animals for three years and the RSPCA were ordered to seize their four cats, two dogs and collection of exotic reptiles including corn snakes, geckos and bearded dragons.
 

 

 

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6:14pm Fri 18 Oct 13

Self Rightous Be Thankful says...

Quite sad
Quite sad Self Rightous Be Thankful
  • Score: 5

7:30pm Fri 18 Oct 13

Ricky T Back says...

No excuse - should be banged up.
No excuse - should be banged up. Ricky T Back
  • Score: 11

7:50pm Fri 18 Oct 13

hoppie says...

Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent
Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent hoppie
  • Score: 6

11:22am Sat 19 Oct 13

pembury53 says...

hoppie wrote:
Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent
But they're not 'people lovers' either are they ? A womens dogs in manchester tore a child to pieces and even she didn't get a custodial sentence....... 2 blokes kick and stamp on someone's head, all caught on CCTV and get 4 months....... they really don't like sending people to prison for anything violent, unless you kill a child, and then you never get out........ basically the system is completely unfit for purpose......
[quote][p][bold]hoppie[/bold] wrote: Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent[/p][/quote]But they're not 'people lovers' either are they ? A womens dogs in manchester tore a child to pieces and even she didn't get a custodial sentence....... 2 blokes kick and stamp on someone's head, all caught on CCTV and get 4 months....... they really don't like sending people to prison for anything violent, unless you kill a child, and then you never get out........ basically the system is completely unfit for purpose...... pembury53
  • Score: 2

4:18pm Sat 19 Oct 13

runwellian says...

pembury53 wrote:
hoppie wrote:
Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent
But they're not 'people lovers' either are they ? A womens dogs in manchester tore a child to pieces and even she didn't get a custodial sentence....... 2 blokes kick and stamp on someone's head, all caught on CCTV and get 4 months....... they really don't like sending people to prison for anything violent, unless you kill a child, and then you never get out........ basically the system is completely unfit for purpose......
Yet the courts sent mothers to prison because their child 'bunked off' of school!

Our justice system has to be the joke of the world.

There should be statutory sentences for all crimes to ensure what every court you go to, the sentence will be the same with no soft headed judges interfering.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoppie[/bold] wrote: Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent[/p][/quote]But they're not 'people lovers' either are they ? A womens dogs in manchester tore a child to pieces and even she didn't get a custodial sentence....... 2 blokes kick and stamp on someone's head, all caught on CCTV and get 4 months....... they really don't like sending people to prison for anything violent, unless you kill a child, and then you never get out........ basically the system is completely unfit for purpose......[/p][/quote]Yet the courts sent mothers to prison because their child 'bunked off' of school! Our justice system has to be the joke of the world. There should be statutory sentences for all crimes to ensure what every court you go to, the sentence will be the same with no soft headed judges interfering. runwellian
  • Score: 1

10:08am Sun 20 Oct 13

Kim Gandy says...

Stick them in a dank prison cell with no heating, no food and no sanitation. See how they like it. Scum.
Stick them in a dank prison cell with no heating, no food and no sanitation. See how they like it. Scum. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

11:43am Sun 20 Oct 13

pembury53 says...

runwellian wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
hoppie wrote:
Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent
But they're not 'people lovers' either are they ? A womens dogs in manchester tore a child to pieces and even she didn't get a custodial sentence....... 2 blokes kick and stamp on someone's head, all caught on CCTV and get 4 months....... they really don't like sending people to prison for anything violent, unless you kill a child, and then you never get out........ basically the system is completely unfit for purpose......
Yet the courts sent mothers to prison because their child 'bunked off' of school!

Our justice system has to be the joke of the world.

There should be statutory sentences for all crimes to ensure what every court you go to, the sentence will be the same with no soft headed judges interfering.
Also i think judges should be required by law to produce a public report of each sentencing decision, clearly detailing what mitigation has been applied to reduce the sentence from the maximum available.....
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoppie[/bold] wrote: Who says the British are dog lovers. The Courts certainly arent[/p][/quote]But they're not 'people lovers' either are they ? A womens dogs in manchester tore a child to pieces and even she didn't get a custodial sentence....... 2 blokes kick and stamp on someone's head, all caught on CCTV and get 4 months....... they really don't like sending people to prison for anything violent, unless you kill a child, and then you never get out........ basically the system is completely unfit for purpose......[/p][/quote]Yet the courts sent mothers to prison because their child 'bunked off' of school! Our justice system has to be the joke of the world. There should be statutory sentences for all crimes to ensure what every court you go to, the sentence will be the same with no soft headed judges interfering.[/p][/quote]Also i think judges should be required by law to produce a public report of each sentencing decision, clearly detailing what mitigation has been applied to reduce the sentence from the maximum available..... pembury53
  • Score: 2

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