The owner of a dog who was left severely matted and covered in dreadlocks following years of neglect has been banned from keeping animals for life.
58-year-old Paul Padmore of Walsall, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on December 4, where he pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of the Yorkshire terrier named Poppy.
The court heard that the RSPCA became involved after a member of the public contacted the animal charity with concerns about the dog’s welfare.
When RSPCA inspector Beth Boyd attended, she was shocked by the state of 13-year-old Poppy, she said:
Poppy was signed over into the RSPCA’s care and was re-homed to a new owner.
In a sad twist of fate just weeks after going to her new home, Poppy developed a serious spinal injury and was put to sleep to end her suffering.
As well as being disqualified from keeping animals for life, Padmore, of Kipling Road, Willenhall was given a six-week community order and was ordered to pay costs of £100 and an £85 victim surcharge.