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Cottenham man jailed for denying his dog vet care

By Adrian Curtis

Patch had to have one of its legs amputated
Patch had to have one of its legs amputated

Poor Patch had to have one of its legs amputated

A Cottenham man has been sent to prison for 18 weeks after he failed to get vet care for his dog’s fractured leg.

Tommy Wall, of Pine Lane, Smithy Fen, Cottenham appeared before Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on January 11 for trial.

He was found guilty by a district judge of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog called Patch by failing to ensure it received appropriate care for a fractured leg in the period May 2-10 last year.

Mr Wall was given an 18-week custodial sentence, disqualified from keeping all animals for five years and ordered to pay £500 costs.

The defendant had taken his dog to a veterinary clinic for treatment but, when advised it could be a fractured leg, he left with Patch because he didn’t have the money to pay for it. Concerned for the dog’s welfare, a call was made to the RSPCA and an inspector visited Mr Wall and gave him details of an RSPCA clinic that could help him. But when he failed to attend the clinic on two separate occasions, the RSPCA took the dog to the vet – and after being advised the leg clearly appeared to be fractured the charity had the dog seized by the police and placed into its care to ensure Patch could get the treatment he so desperately needed.

RSPCA inspector Alex Coghlan said: “Poor Patch would have suffered for a number of days because his owner failed to get him the necessary treatment. There is just no excuse for allowing a dog to suffer for such a long period of time, especially when he had been advised the leg could be fractured and that help was offered so that he could get the treatment for Patch.

“The dog’s leg was amputated and he has been cared for by one of our fosterers who may now want to rehome him permanently after the court has signed him over into our care.

“I hope the severity of this sentence acts as a reminder to pet owners that they have a legal responsibility to seek veterinary treatment for their animals when they require it.”


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