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Cruel family banned from keeping dogs

A CRUEL family has been banned from keeping animals after letting a dog get into such a bad state that it needed three operations.

Cruel family banned from keeping dogsCrossbreed Jerry Lee could hardly stand and couldn't see out of his left eye because of abscess pus from a severe ear infection.

Dog owner Susan Nilsson (55) and her sons, Alexander (23) and Jason Nilsson (29), all admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog between June 21 and August 16 2007 when they appeared before Grimsby magistrates last week.

Mark Robinson, prosecuting, said that 11-year-old Jerry Lee, was taken to Grimsby's Blue Cross Hospital by Susan Nilsson's daughter, Laura Holmes, who was concerned about its condition and did not want it to be returned to her mother.

The RSPCA was alerted and an inspector discovered the dog was in a poor condition.
Its coat was very matted, it had fleas, and could not see from its left eye because of the large abscess. There was also an ‘overpowering foul-smelling odour’.

The dog was very weak, emaciated, struggled to stand for short periods and needed three operations at the Blue Cross.

Steven Freestone, mitigating, said Susan Nilsson did not pay enough attention to the dog's condition because she was suffering from cancer problems. She was present when her daughter took the dog to the Blue Cross.

‘Jason Nilsson noticed something was wrong and told his mother but accepts he could have taken the dog to the vet's,’ said Mr Freestone.

Alexander Nilsson did not own any of the five dogs in the house and did not feel it was his direct responsibility to look after the health of the dogs.

The three, all unemployed, were banned from keeping any animals for a year – and were ordered to make other arrangements within seven days for four other dogs, said to be kept in a ‘reasonable’ condition.

Presiding magistrate Elaine Houlton told them: ‘The ban is because other animals in your home can be put at potential risk.’ Susan Nilsson was ordered to pay £207.16 compensation to the Blue Cross and her sons must pay £100 each. All three must pay £200 costs to the RSPCA.