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Couple get a three-year pet ban after seriously neglecting their dog
in Echo News
A COUPLE have been banned from keeping animals for three years after seriously neglecting their pet dog.
Stewart and Sarah Millar, of Basildon Road, Basildon, failed to seek medical help for 12-year-old bichon frise Teddy, despite his jaw being broken in three places and having an ear infection so severe, he was left with a 10cm wound.
RSPCA inspectors also believe the couple had failed to feed Teddy for up to four weeks and had no choice but to put the dog down.
Mr and Mrs Millar appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court where they both pleaded guilty to six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The court heard RSPCA inspector Matt Gough had made an unannounced visit to Mr and Mrs Millar’s home on May 20 after reports from neighbours that a number of animals were living in dirty conditions.
At the time he was being followed by a Channel 5 film crew making the documentary the Dog Rescuers.
Mr Gough found Teddy curled up in a ball with his fluffy white fur matted with dried, brown pus from his weeping wound.
Mr and Mrs Millar, who have five children, told the court the situation “snowballed” out of control because they could not afford vets’ bills.
Mr Millar said: “I can only apologise and say how sorry my wife and I are that we got into this situation.
“We gave 12 years of love to Teddy and nursed him through surgery when he was attacked by another dog. We have made the most dreadful mistake of our lives.
“We got into a situation that snowballed and we were frightened if we took him for treatment, he would get taken off us.”
The court heard Mr Millar plans to resign from his position as a school governor because he is so ashamed.
Magistrates handed Mr Millar, 47, a 12-month community order and ordered him to complete 150 hours unpaid work.
His wife, 42, was sentenced to a six-month community order.
The couple have also been banned from keeping animals for three years and the RSPCA was ordered to seize their four cats, two dogs and collection of exotic reptiles, including corn snakes, geckos and bearded dragons.
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