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Woman banned for life

A BIRMINGHAM woman has been banned from ever owning a pet again by borough magistrates.
Jane Cousins from Solihull was also given a three-year super-vision order, ordered to complete 60 hours of day activity and pay £1,500 costs, after pleading guilty to abandoning her Boxer bitch and a cross-bred dog in her care. She also admitted to leaving them in circumstances likely to cause unnecessary suffering and causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide adequate food and veterinary attention.

Cousins originally appeared before the court on October 31 where James Cooper, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told how Inspector Robert Hartley attended the Frensham Close address in Chelmsley Wood on June 1 following a report that animals had been abandoned.

The court heard he knocked the door and through the letterbox saw a cross breed dog and a boxer bitch. The dog appeared to be in very poor condition, with his hips and spine visible while the bitch also appeared to be in poor condition.

Cousins admitted she was the owner and fully responsible, and said she fed the dogs daily and thought they looked normal and healthy. At the time they were seized the male dog weighed 13.5kg, when expected weight is 18-20kg, the bitch weighed 9.8kg, where the expected weight is 20-22kg. A cat was found to be normal weight. The animals have since been re-homed.

Fiona Warman, defending said Cousins "bitterly regrets this offence", adding that she was not deliberately unkind to her pets. "She was under a tremendous amount of pressure and she just doesn't know why she behaved as she did."