Prosecution for animal cruelty

Press Release: 05/03/2013

Animal cruelty will not be tolerated in the Winchester district – that is the clear message from a successful prosecution by the City Council.

Winchester City Council prosecuted David and Louise Townsend of Bishop’s Waltham for a range of offences: causing unnecessary suffering to their dog; failing to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury and disease; and failing to provide suitable accommodation.

City Council Animal Welfare Officer Emily Bowen and colleague Sandi Goldman visited a property to investigate a dog-barking complaint on 9 July 2012.

They discovered a female adult Shit-zu dog named Boo Boo who had been left in a wire crate for long periods and who was covered in her own urine and faeces. Her eye had been removed due to a dog attack a few years earlier, but the wound had not been cleaned, looked after or checked by a vet. Vets decided it was in Boo Boo’s best interests that she be put to sleep.

The couple pleaded guilty to the offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on 28 February 2013. They were fined £1,000 each and disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Roger Huxstep, said

This case sends an important message for all to know that we will not tolerate animal cruelty.