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Padiham greyhound owner fined £330

Lancashire Telegraph: POORLY Lass was found with Cid POORLY Lass was found with Cid

A LEUKAEMIA stricken greyhound was found skeletal, covered in sores and suffering, but its owner had not taken it to a vet, a court was told.

The nine-year-old ex-track dog, called Lass, which also had ‘horrendous’ gum disease and worms, was rushed to a vet by an RSPCA inspector, but was too sick to undergo chemotherapy and had to be put to sleep.

Burnley magistrates heard how Lass and an adult male lurcher named Cid belonged to Dean Warburton, 41, who lived in a static caravan behind a garage in Padiham.

The inspector, alerted by two calls from the public, went to the caravan last October.

Warburton was not there at first, but next to the caravan was a makeshift wooden dog shelter with a small run attached.

Two animals came out of the shelter and although the lurcher looked healthy, the greyhound was ‘alarmingly emaciated’.

The hearing was told the run was not covered, was deep in thick mud and faeces, the dogs had no food, water, chews or toys, and their hay bedding inside the shelter was wet and dirty.

Warburton, who was to claim he thought Lass had a tummy bug, was questioned by the inspector and said he had been treating the dog’s wounds, which had appeared a couple of weeks before, himself with iodine.

He said he had had her for about 12 to 18 months and she wasn’t registered with a vet.

The defendant claimed Lass had started losing weight a few weeks before and he had been trying to bulk her up with milk powder from an animal feeds supplier.

Warburton immediately signed both pets over to the animal charity, but still has one dog and was allowed to keep it after the Bench did not ban him from owning or keeping animals.

The defendant, of Park Road, Padiham, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, between last September 19 and October 3 and one of not taking reasonable steps to meet the needs of Lass and Cid.

The defendant, who works and was said to be paid cash in hand, was fined £330, with a £15 victim surcharge.

Bench chairman David Bennett said they were not imposing a ban as nothing Warburton had done was deliberate and the lurcher had been in good condition. He told him: “I am sure the RSPCA will be interested in popping in to see you every now and again.”

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1:57pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Joseph O'M says...

This is horrific and so sad for the dogs. The conditions shown in the photograph and described in the article are wholly inadequate for housing lurchers and greyhounds, or any dog for that matter. It might not have been deliberate, but that's a poor excuse for such clear neglect resulting in unnecessary and horrific suffering. RIP Lass!
This is horrific and so sad for the dogs. The conditions shown in the photograph and described in the article are wholly inadequate for housing lurchers and greyhounds, or any dog for that matter. It might not have been deliberate, but that's a poor excuse for such clear neglect resulting in unnecessary and horrific suffering. RIP Lass! Joseph O'M
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5:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

mitzimoo says...

How can he not be banned from keeping dogs this is disgusting poor lass must of suffered
How can he not be banned from keeping dogs this is disgusting poor lass must of suffered mitzimoo
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10:43pm Tue 15 Jan 13

RegisteringSucks says...

For the record, when a judiciary gives out a sentence as weak as this, what they really mean is that they want the community to take vigilante justice.
For the record, when a judiciary gives out a sentence as weak as this, what they really mean is that they want the community to take vigilante justice. RegisteringSucks
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11:34pm Tue 15 Jan 13

sweep1 says...

This is so sad, as a dog owner myself its heartbreaking to read stories like this whatever this person says the dog needed care & attention. Rest in Peace Lass no more suffering.
This is so sad, as a dog owner myself its heartbreaking to read stories like this whatever this person says the dog needed care & attention. Rest in Peace Lass no more suffering. sweep1
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10:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

lancs1985 says...

How can any fools call him when you don't even no him, the lad as took a dog in what he hadn't a cle about having leuk, it should e the other owner what gets done for getting shut n probably new about the illness,

If vets didn't charge stupid amounts then you wouldn't see these cases

Keep quite if you don't no the true story
How can any fools call him when you don't even no him, the lad as took a dog in what he hadn't a cle about having leuk, it should e the other owner what gets done for getting shut n probably new about the illness, If vets didn't charge stupid amounts then you wouldn't see these cases Keep quite if you don't no the true story lancs1985
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1:42pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Mikeee47 says...

lancs1985 wrote:
How can any fools call him when you don't even no him, the lad as took a dog in what he hadn't a cle about having leuk, it should e the other owner what gets done for getting shut n probably new about the illness,

If vets didn't charge stupid amounts then you wouldn't see these cases

Keep quite if you don't no the true story
You wouldn't buy a Rolls Royce without being able to afford to maintain it and fuel it would you?
so don't keep dogs if you can't afford to pay the vet bill simple, or don't you grasp that aspect of life?
There's also decent insurance policeis for dogs. No excuse really, I would have made this guy sleep in the pen he had for the dogs see how he like the LUXURY confindments.
Judjing by your grammar and spelling you don't grasp much.
[quote][p][bold]lancs1985[/bold] wrote: How can any fools call him when you don't even no him, the lad as took a dog in what he hadn't a cle about having leuk, it should e the other owner what gets done for getting shut n probably new about the illness, If vets didn't charge stupid amounts then you wouldn't see these cases Keep quite if you don't no the true story[/p][/quote]You wouldn't buy a Rolls Royce without being able to afford to maintain it and fuel it would you? so don't keep dogs if you can't afford to pay the vet bill simple, or don't you grasp that aspect of life? There's also decent insurance policeis for dogs. No excuse really, I would have made this guy sleep in the pen he had for the dogs see how he like the LUXURY confindments. Judjing by your grammar and spelling you don't grasp much. Mikeee47
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6:48pm Sun 20 Jan 13

RoggieB says...

Difficult to know which is more outrageous, the owner for letting his dog suffer, get so emaciated, not get veterinary care, and live in such appalling conditions, or the magistrates for not banning him from owning animals ever again.
Anyone trying to excuse this guy's actions should just take another look at the picture of this poor dog. Totally reprehensible cruelty through neglect.
Anyone who isn't capable of caring properly for an animal, for any reason, shouldn't have one.
Difficult to know which is more outrageous, the owner for letting his dog suffer, get so emaciated, not get veterinary care, and live in such appalling conditions, or the magistrates for not banning him from owning animals ever again. Anyone trying to excuse this guy's actions should just take another look at the picture of this poor dog. Totally reprehensible cruelty through neglect. Anyone who isn't capable of caring properly for an animal, for any reason, shouldn't have one. RoggieB
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