Dog owner, 27, starved her German Shepherd puppy in tiny cage with no food or water for SEVEN MONTHS (but she’s avoided jail)

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“This case resulted me to tears & outraged me, when I first read about it, (see the attached link). I was fxxxxxg furious, I just couldn’t believe how lightly the boyfriend got off, 20 weeks…for letting an animal die, a cruel, excruciating & agonisingly slow death.” 

“Now I read, the girlfriend got off scot free, apart from a suspended sentence which means Jack Shit…& some unpaid work …what sort of fxxxxxg punishment is that? Quote…”She may have been bullied if sent to jail”… tough…sorry, I have no sympathy… she deserved jail! Imagine the pitiful cries that must have come from that crate…cries of help; they heard those cries & did F-All about it! That poor dogs life was obviously worthless, it meant nothing to them!”

This couple have a baby too…yeah, it was probably crawling around on the floor, listening to the agonising whimpers from the dog! Now, in my mind if you can’t care for an animal, in no way, should you be having babies…I would be very interested to know if child services were involved.”

 “What is interesting, is this is another case where Animal Welfare were aware of the puppy, for some reason, & advised the couple on training the dog ..& at one point; wanted them to hand the pup over…why?… they must have had good reason…yet sadly, it was forgotten about, until the day it was found…dead…still in the puppy crate it was kept in, the one also seen by animal welfare!!”

 “Take a good look at that poor dog, 20 weeks prison for the boyfriend…F-All for the girlfriend…does that sound right to you, because I think it bloody stinks! Animal control can’t say it was one of the cruellest cases they have ever seen; & be happy with the justice that was served…I’m bloody not!!”

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  • Kent woman Stacey Lockhurst got suspended jail term
  • Kept puppy Jack in cage surrounded by his own waste
  • RSPCA said it’s one of ‘worst cruelty cases ever seen’

A dog owner who starved her pet to death in a tiny cage surrounded by his own waste has avoided jail but been banned from keeping animals for life.

Cruelty: Lockhurst, 27, of Dartford, Kent, was given a 20-week prison sentence – suspended for a year – by magistrates in court on Friday

Stacey Lockhurst, 27, of Dartford, Kent, kept her German Shepherd puppy in a squalid cage with no food and water for an astonishing seven months.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals described it as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty its officers had ever seen.

Cruel: Stacey Lockhurst kept her German shepherd puppy Jack in a squalid cage with no food and water for seven months

Lockhurst was given a 20-week prison sentence – suspended for a year – by magistrates on Friday for her treatment of the dog, named Jack.

RSPCA investigators first visited her former home in Erith, south east London, in October 2010 – when the dog was just 16 weeks old.

They offered advice on training and suggested the pair hand over the puppy, but he was found dead seven months later, covered with a curtain.

His container was infested with maggots and flies and a water bowl was full of excrement. A post mortem examination found Jack was emaciated.

Disgusting: Jack had no fat and probably died of starvation, with the examining vet saying he ‘suffered greatly and unnecessarily for a great period of time’

He had no fat and probably died of starvation, with the examining vet saying he ‘suffered greatly and unnecessarily for a great period of time’.

 ‘She regrets what she did. I don’t think she set out with that in mind. She’s a very vulnerable lady’ Wayne Crowhurst, defending

Lockhurst was found guilty at Dartford Magistrates’ Court of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog and not addressing his rapid weight loss.

District Judge Michael Kelly said the case was ‘particularly bad’ – but Lockhurst, who has learning difficulties, had been ‘influenced to an extent’.

He added while passing sentence in court that ‘there may have been some lack of appreciation of what was happening’ to the dog.

Her partner Paul Brunsden, 25, was jailed for 20 weeks and also banned for life from keeping animals when he appeared in court last month.

Behind bars: Her partner Paul Brunsden, 25, was jailed for 20 weeks and also banned for life from keeping animals when he appeared in court last month

Lockhurst was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 court costs. Her defence lawyer said she would have been bullied in prison had she been jailed.

Banner-waving animal rights campaigners were outside court to protest along with members of a Facebook group formed in memory of Jack.

News Link:– http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200591/Stacey-Lockhurst-avoids-jail-keeping-dog-squalid-cage-food-water.html#ixzz25zvcF4Bx

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Animal owners recall accident that killed Plymouth horse

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PLYMOUTH — Just seconds before a white quarter horse named Jack was hit and killed and another horse named Chaos was injured Tuesday night, the rider of Chaos was tossed to the ground, she said on Thursday.

At that point, Phillip Hopkins, 31, of Plymouth, who was driving down the Ridge Road, apparently was caught in a bottleneck created by the horses and the truck, according to police, and struck both horses.

Both front headlights hit Jack’s legs,” Smith said of the 14-year-old white quarter horse she owned for nearly two years and used to teach people to ride.

He hit Jack first and then he hit Chaos,” said Keyser, who was still holding Chaos’ reins at the time. The impact of the car “tore my horse from my hands and there was nothing I could do,” the longtime rider said.

Both of the horses went up over the car and my horse, Chaos, went up over the top and landed on Jack,” Keyser said.

Chaos then took off running even though he suffered front knee and back leg injuries. Jack never recovered from his injuries and died on the side of the road about half a mile from his home.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Noel Santiago, who investigated the collision, said Thursday that he didn’t believe alcohol or speed were factors in the deadly collision and he did not expect any charges would be filed. The speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour.

The impact caused glass to fly into the car and injure the driver and his 21-year-old female passenger. She was taken to the hospital for a puncture wound and Hopkins were treated at the scene.

The impact was severe enough that “the saddle was embedded in the vehicle’s windshield,” Keyser said. “They had to use a pry bar to get it out of the windshield.”

The two riders say there are bright yellow “Caution Horse” signs on Ridge Road because there are so many horses living on the roughly 4-mile-long route.

“There are 23 horses living on this road,” Keyser said.

She added that many drivers use the road as a shortcut to travel between Newport and Plymouth and that many go faster than the 45 mph speed limit.

Besides wanting to alert drivers to be more cautious because of all the horses in the area, Keyser said the two women expected to contact town officials about trying to lower the speed limit.

“There are so many of us riding down here,” Keyser said. “In our eyes, they’re not just a horse. They’re part of the family.”

News Link:http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2012/08/24/animal-owners-recall-accident-killed-plymouth-hors/1241706

 

Dog fighting for survival after spending eight days lying by dead owner

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“Oh…this is just heartbreaking, that is one little dog who has, what I wish all dogs could have…Love…unconditional love from the owner to to the dog, from the dog to the owner! Praying the little guy will make it & hopefully, find room in his heart to love & be loved again…watch the video at the link below! 

Vets are battling to save the life of a dog who is believed to have spent up to eight days lying beside the body of his dead owner.

The devoted Jack Russell cross, aptly named Jack, was discovered extremely emaciated and dehydrated at the pensioner’s side last week.

But, despite being hours from death, the loyal nine-year-old pet was devastated to be prized away from the remains of the 72-year-old woman, who had adopted him from a rescue home five years ago.

The identity of the deceased owner is being closely guarded until all family members have been informed of her passing, but she is understood to be a retired nurse who moved to Scotland as a young woman.

Worried friends visited her remote countryside home at Kinnell, near Arbroath, Angus, when they hadn’t heard from her in over a week before finding her dead.

The cause of the woman’s death is unclear as yet, but it is understood she died of natural causes.

Jack was rushed to a local veterinary practice, where he has spent the last few days undergoing intensive treatment.

He is now being cared for at the Arbroath home of Ian Robb, founder of the Help for Abandoned Animals Charity, who said on Wednesday that the dog’s condition is still “touch and go”.

Mr Robb said: “The wee man is not out of the woods yet. He is a very, very sad wee boy at the moment.“He was found by this lady’s side and we believe he could have been there for eight days. We think he was less than a day from death.”

Video & News Link:http://news.stv.tv/tayside/115478-dog-fighting-for-survival-after-spending-eight-days-lying-by-dead-owner/

“Thanks to StrayWays on Twitter for link”

Dog owners ‘tortured’ German Shepherd puppy by starving it to death in an excrement filled cage for seven months

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“I am literally sobbing as I type this, it pains me greatly that little Jack suffered so much in his short life. But it also makes me want to rip their heads off & %:$^@ +%!”” & (*&£%^&* £% &^%£”( “=!~{ (^at them!!  Remember their names, Paul James Brunsden & Stacey Louise Lockhurst, & their faces; so that if you come across them, you can spit in their eyes for me!! If that is their baby, for Gods sake get it put into care…if they can let a puppy die such a painful death…their not fit to care for a baby!

  • Paul James Brunsden, 25, was sent to prison for 20 weeks and banned from owning animals after admitting animal neglect
  • RSPCA inspectors found the puppy, named Jack, in a container festering with flies and maggots
  • Dartford Magistrates’ Court heard the dog’s water bowl and mouth were both filled with excrement
  • Co-owner Stacey Louise Lockhurst also warned she faces a ‘real risk’ of a prison sentence for her part in the neglect

    Dartford Magistrates’ Court heard that Paul James Brunsden, 25, let the dog starve to death in a cage filled with its own excrement

A man has been jailed after he let a German Shepherd puppy starve to death in an excrement-filled cage for up to seven months.

Paul James Brunsden, 25, was sent to prison for 20 weeks and banned from ever keeping an animal again after Dartford Magistrates’ Court heard he ‘effectively tortured’ the dog in one of the worst cases of animal cruelty investigators had ever seen. 

RSPCA inspectors found the puppy, named Jack, in a container festering with flies, maggots and strewn with rubbish.

The court also heard that a water bowl was full of excrement, as was the dog’s mouth, and that when the puppy was lifted out of the pen, the RSCPA inspector could clearly feel its spine.

‘There was a strong smell of ammonia, faeces and decomposing flesh,’ prosecutor Andrew Wiles said.

‘She (the inspector) described it as the thinnest dog she had ever seen.’

The co-owner of the dog, Stacey Louise Lockhurst, has been warned she faces a similar sentence for her part in the cruelty.

Stacey Louise Lockhurst, 27, was warned she also faces a possible jail term for her role in the neglect

Sentencing Brunsden, Judge Michael Kelly said: ‘It is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I have ever come across. This dog was effectively tortured and neglected.’

Brunsden, of Hornchurch, East London, and 27-year-old Lockhurst both pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the black and tan dog.

 RSPCA inspectors visited Lockhurst’s former home in Erith, in October 2010, when Jack was just 16 weeksold.They recommended the plastic box he was kept in be taken away and gave the pair advice on training.

And noticing they were struggling, the inspectors suggested they hand over ownership.

But seven months later, they found Jack dead in the same crate, covered by a curtain.

The RSPCA was called out to the address in May last year and found the dog, which was less than a year old, along with a cat and two kittens that were also seized.

At the hearing on August 1st, prosecutor Andrew Wiles said: ‘When the top of the crate was removed it was clear the dog was emaciated. 

‘There was an inch or more of faeces covering all of the floor of the crate except where the dog was laying.’

A post mortem examination showed Jack was emaciated, had no fat and almost certainly died of starvation. The examining vet concluded the puppy ‘suffered greatly and unnecessarily for a great period of time’.

Despicable: The court heard that the German Shepher puppy’s mouth was full of excrement when he was lifted out of the pen, the RSCPA inspector could clearly feel its spine

Defending Lockhurst, who was granted bail until returning for sentencing on September 7th, Robert DeBanzie said she suffered from ‘pronounced learning disabilities’.

Judge Kelly said: ‘There is a real risk you will be serving a prison sentence for this.

Defending Brunsden, Frederick Hookway argued his client had reduced culpability because he did not live at the house where the dog was kept.

Sentencing Brunsden to 20 weeks in prison and disqualifying him for life from owning animals, Judge Kelly said: ‘This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I have come across.

‘This dog was confined in a little cage so small it appears it could barely stand up.

It was kept there without being allowed out at all for any exercise or freedom and was starved to death. You could have released the dog. You could have provided food for it. You were offered help and advice from the RSPCA.

‘I can’t imagine any human being would have failed to recognise the suffering and distress of this dog.’ 

RSPCA Inspector Alison Fletcher said: ‘It is heartbreaking that this poor dog lived and then died in the squalor of this cage, hungry, thirsty and alone.

This kind of cruelty is simply horrendous and anyone looking at the photo of this dog can see the suffering.’

News Link:-: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184849/Dog-owners-let-German-Shepherd-puppy-starve-death-tiny-cage-inch-deep-excrement-seven-months.html#ixzz22uHv44Yl

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