Woman prosecuted after neglecting her dog

An Ashington woman who failed to seek medical attention for her dog which was suffering an ulcerated mass on its abdomen and a chronic eye condition and subsequently had to be put down has been prosecuted.

Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 16:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 16:30 pm
News from the courts.

Magistrates at Bedlington have banned Wendy Beddow, 52, of Maple Street, from keeping any animal for five years and ordered her to pay a total of £386 in compensation and costs.

Beddow admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her overweight Bullmastiff by failing to seek medical attention for an ulcerated 20cm mass on its abdomen and a chronic eye condition.

An animal welfare officer from Northumberland County Council’s public health protection unit rescued the dog and took it to a vets in Blyth. The dog’s condition had by then become so bad that the decision was made to euthanise the dog to end its suffering.

A vet’s report that was presented in court stated that the dog, having been left for more than 48 hours in a condition unable to stand or move prior to seeking medical attention, was an act of neglect.

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Speaking after the case, Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at the county council, said: “The protection of animal welfare is an important responsibility of the council and we will bring to justice anyone we find who causes unnecessary suffering to an animal.”