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Blaenavon ex-husband and spouse banned after shih tzu neglect

A BLAENAVON man has been given a suspended jail sentence for neglecting his canine – to the extent it was unable to maneuver and needed to be put down.

David Powell, 54 of James Avenue, Blaenavon, didn’t get the mandatory veterinary take care of pet shih tzu Alfie who was unable to maneuver because of his situations.

Powell’s ex-wife Kate Powell, 50, of Decrease Hill Avenue Blaenavon, confronted the identical expenses and pleaded responsible in the identical month. She was fined £800 and banned from protecting canine for 5 years.

Alfie had a corneal ulceration, pores and skin illness, anal tumours and pores and skin wounds together with anaemia.

Powell pleaded responsible to the 2 offences – which befell between July 6 and September 8, 2021 – of inflicting pointless struggling to Alfie in March at Cwmbran Magistrates Court docket.

He was given a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months on April 7 at Newport Magistrates Court docket. He’s additionally banned from protecting canine for seven years and ordered to pay £378 and perform 90 hours of unpaid work.

Witness statements got here from RSPCA inspector David Milborrow. He advised how when he arrived at James Avenue on September 7, he met with Mrs Powell who mentioned she had heard that Alfie was not in a great way.


She mentioned that the canine, alongside together with her different canine Marley, have been residing with Mr Powell and she or he had not been to the home or seen the canine in a yr.

Inspector Milborrow discovered Marley – a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross – seemed to be wholesome however that 14-year-old Alfie was mendacity flat on his aspect on a canine mattress on the finish of the couch.

South Wales Argus: Alfie when he was taken by RSPCA inspector MilborrowAlfie when he was taken by RSPCA inspector Milborrow

Inspector Milborrow mentioned: “The canine had important fur loss on his legs, head and flanks. The fur that he did have would have been pale or white if it have been clear, nonetheless it was filthy, moist and matted.

“The patches of pores and skin that I might see have been pink and sore trying with small open and pussy wounds. His legs have been twitching barely however he didn’t seem in a position to transfer and even carry his head.”

The inspector advised Mrs Powell that Alfie needed to go to a vet instantly and she or he gave permission for it to occur. He mentioned she was “extraordinarily upset and crying uncontrollably.”

After the vet examined the canine, it was discovered that nothing might be executed with the vet recommending Alfie be put to sleep instantly to stop additional struggling – which Mrs Powell agreed.

The vet supplied a witness assertion: “For my part, there was important neglect over a protracted time frame, each in general situation and care of the canine, but in addition disregard for extra critical sickness which wanted pressing consideration.”

Marley was taken into RSPCA care to be rehomed.


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