North East Wales

Flintshire couple given 10-year ban from keeping pets

A Flintshire couple have been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a pet dog with a cancerous tumour.

Brian David Wilson and his wife Lisa, from Flint, failed to get any medical help for their sick Mastiff-type dog, called Harvey.

Flintshire magistrates heard on Tuesday the dog was so emaciated when found by RSPCA inspectors it had to be put down.

The couple told officials they did not have enough money for vet bills.

But defending solicitor Phillip Lloyd Jones said they agreed that not being able to afford medical care was not an acceptable excuse.

The court heard that the dog's tumour meant its condition deteriorated rapidly over a week.

Interviewed by RSPCA officers, the couple said they had intended to borrow money to pay to see a vet and appreciated that they should have done so much earlier.

The animal was a much-loved family pet, said the defence solicitor, and its owners were remorseful for what had happened.

In addition to a 10-year ban from keeping any animals, the couple were also ordered to pay £722 in costs and received a three-year conditional discharge.

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