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12 month ban for pet owner

A woman has been banned from keeping dogs and cats for a year after admitting two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to her dogs.

Vicky Simpson from Rhyl, was prosecuted by the RSPCA after her three-legged boxer was found wandering the streets with severe mange. Her Staffordshire bull terrier was also suffering from the same condition.

Prestatyn magistrates heard a plea not to ban her from keeping all animals as her children wanted a rat for Christmas.

Appearing in court just before Christmas, Simpson was also given a community supervision order and told to pay £150 in costs.

A report by a vet concluded that the dogs had been suffering from the skin condition for about three months. Defence solicitor Roger Thomas told magistrates at Prestatyn that his client had been guilty of recklessness and had tried unsuccessfully to treat the dogs herself.

He asked them not to ban Simpson from keeping animals altogether because her two young children had asked for a rat as a Christmas present.

After the hearing, RSPCA Inspector Fred Armstrong said the case showed the need for people to get veterinary help for sick animals as soon as possible. He said anyone with financial problems could contact the animal charity.

The 12-month-old boxer dog, re-named Charlie was handed in at Rhyl police station by local authority dog wardens last June. Emaciated, covered in mange and with overgrown claws, Charlie was a "scared and pitiful sight," said the RSPCA at the time.

He has now been found a new home with Dafydd and Gaynor Williams, from Rhuddlan.
They were chosen from dozens of people who asked to adopt the dog. They have previously said Charlie was now a "different" animal and he has made a full recovery.