A couple from Kent have been fined and told to do unpaid work after failing to get treatment from a vet after their cocker spaniel ate an umbrella. The dog, Paddy has since been treated and is now on the road to recovery.
A couple from Kent, whose cocker spaniel had tried to eat an umbrella, have been fined and told to do unpaid work after a court heard that they had decided they could not pay the vet bill and would rather watch their dog die .
38 year old Richard Pugsly, and his wife 37 year old Rachel Pugsly, from Greenhithe were both charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog and two counts of failing to get vet treatment.
The dog, who is two years old, has successfully been treated and he has now been rehomed.
Magistrates sentenced Mr and Mrs Pugsly to 100 hours of unpaid work . Richard Pugsly was told to pay £1000 costs, his wife was told to pay £60.
We are supposedly a nation of animal lovers - but the latest cruelty figures from the RSPCA are in sharp contrast to that ideal. The charity says more animals than ever before are having to be rescued, and more people are being prosecuted. David Johns reports.
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The latest figures from the RSPCA show a large rise in the number of people convicted for animal cruelty in the South East.