A callous couple have been banned from keeping animals for life after causing needless suffering to a ‘lovely little’ Rottweiler called Roxy, who was found ‘emaciated’ and sitting in her own urine by an RSPCA inspector
A court heard Trevor Lewis and Mandy Smith ate dinner next to a cage where the neglected black and tan dog sat with no food or water.
Emily Collins from the animal charity, who found Roxy at their home in east London, said: “This case really hit me hard – I felt so sorry for poor Roxy.
“I found her in the corner of the living room in a cage – it was clear she was kept there nearly all the time – shut away and forgotten without any proper care.
“The lovely little Rottweiler was just sitting there in her own urine in an emaciated state. She had no food or water.
“What got me the most is she was being kept right next to the family as they ate their dinner, but it was as if they just didn’t see or notice her.
“She’s a lovely little Rottweiler, despite what she has been through and I am really pleased to say she has now been nursed back to health and re-homed.”
The pair, from Grange Road in Harold Hill, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to address the causes of the dog’s poor body condition and weight loss; failing to meet its need for a suitable environment; and failing to meet its need for a supply of fresh drinking water.
Lewis and Smith were handed life bans from keeping animals on Tuesday last week at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court for the offences, which took place in January and February.
Lewis was ordered to pay £500 costs and Smith must pay a £15 victim surcharge. Both applied for the money to be taken from their benefits.