In interview, Mr Bates, 46, claimed he didn't have much to do with the dog, but accepted he was partly responsible.
He also revealed that Lulu had been limping for at least a month.
Mrs Bates accepted that she was primarily responsible for the dog’s welfare and told how Lulu’s leg had started swelling a couple of months earlier.
She claimed that transport problems, a lack of money and the knowledge that Lulu was likely to be put down had deterred her from calling a vet.Until the poor beast was literally howling in agony, whereupon they suddenly decided to call...the RSPCA! Not the PDSA, or the other animal charities that help out genuine cases of people unable to afford veterinary care...
Bob Topping, defending both Mr and Mrs Bates, claimed they did not want to cause unnecessary harm to the dog. He said both Mr and Mrs Bates were “remorseful, ashamed, embarrassed and upset”.Yes. Aren't they always?
The couple pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and magistrates handed both defendants suspended eight-week jail sentences and banned them from owning any animals for 10 years. Mr Bates must also complete a six-week curfew and Mrs Bates 80 hours of unpaid work. Both must also pay £700 each in costs.Anyone want to bet where that money will be coming from?