£1,400 court bill for making pets suffer

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A father-of-two who failed to look after two pets has been banned from keeping animals for three years.

David Foreman caused unnecessary suffering to his dog Muttley between January 29 and March 29, 2012.

He also admitted to failing to meet the welfare needs of his cat Tia over the same period.

Both animals were seized by the RSPCA on March 29 to be treated and rehomed.

Foreman (39), of Campains Lane, Deeping St Nicholas, pleaded guilty before Spalding magistrates on Wednesday.

Mr Beris Brickles, prosecuting, said an RSPCA inspector visited Mr Foreman’s home where Muttley was chained to his kennel and badly dehydrated.

A neighbour of Foreman’s then showed Tia to the inspector because of her thick coat.

Mr Brickles said: “When he was examined by vets, Muttley’s coat was covered in faeces and mud. He weighed 4.4kgs, compared to an ideal weight of between eight and ten kilos, so he was placed on an intravenous drip for the provision of an adequate diet.”

“A considerable amount of fleas were found trapped between Tia’s coat and skin and vets had to use two sets of clippers to remove the coat because they were getting so hot.”

Mr Dav Naghen, mitigating, said the pets originally belonged to Foreman’s wife who refused to take them when they separated in August 2011.

“When the RSPCA came to take away the animals, it was a godsend to him,” Mr Naghen said. “The animals made full recoveries and suffered no lasting harm.”

Foreman was also fined £750, ordered to pay costs of £677.28 and a £15 victim surcharge.