Pair who let dog die slow and painful death banned from having animals for life

A couple who have been banned from owning animals for life left their pet dog to suffer for weeks from a deadly infection.

Tiffany Charlton, 20, and Michael Downing, 21, both pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

The one-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross, Lola, received a bite injury, which the pair failed to get treatment for.

It later became infected, resulting in sepsis, weight loss and tragically, death.

Hull Magistrates' Court heard that Lola was left to suffer between April 24 and July 21, 2020, Hull Live reports.

Sadly, by the time she was taken to a vet in July, she collapsed and later passed away before any treatment could be given to her.

Both of the pair received an 18-week sentence, Downing's suspended for 18 months and Charlton's was suspended for 12 months.

They were told to pay £250 costs and a £125 victim surcharge.

Downing, of 6th Avenue, and Charlton, of Nashcourt, both in Hull, also received a lifetime ban on all animals, with three years before they can appeal it.

A court order was issued for the seizure of two other dogs at the property.

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Downing also received 100 hours of community service and five rehabilitation activity days.

Charlton was handed 20 rehabilitation activity days and a curfew from 7pm to 7am for 12 weeks.

RSPCA inspector Lucy Green said: “This was a tragic case as if Lola had received the appropriate veterinary treatment after her injury, it could have been easily managed and she would have looked forward to a long and happy life.

“However, the wound on her leg was such that it resulted in sepsis and eventually death.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit the charity’s website or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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