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Neglected Poppy dies just weeks after being re-homed

The owner of a dog who left severely matted and covered in dreadlocks following years of neglect has been banned from keeping animals. Photo: BPM.

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 completely covered in dreadlocks on every part of her body, and was even struggling to walk because of all the dreadlocks.

Padmore admitted that he had never brushed or groomed her the whole time he had her, which was years.

Not only was her fur in a poor condition, but also her claws were overgrown, Initially she was quite aggressive but as soon as we got her to a vet her temperament changed completely and she became gentler to handle.

– RSPCA inspector Beth Boyd.
Many of the dreadlocks were around 13.5 inches in length. Credit: BPM.

"She was clearly very uncomfortable, the dreadlocks were sheared off her at the vets and, in total, the amount of fur which came off her was around 2kg.

Many of the dreadlocks were around 13.5 inches in length, this was purely long-term neglect, there is no excuse for a dog to be left in this condition.

It would have made her quality of life virtually non-existent.”

– RSPCA inspector Beth Boyd.
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. Credit: BPM.

Poppy was signed over into the RSPCA’s care and was re-homed to a new owner.

Yorkshire Terrier Poppy was left severely matted and covered in dreadlocks. Credit: BPM

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.