Indy Bhomra, defending, said: “My client is of a good character and she is extremely remorseful about what happened.
“She has four children at home who rely on her and is surviving on benefits.”Four children and a sick dog. Has anyone thought to check to see what they might be suffering from?
Owner Deborah Philips knew the mastiff dog, called Rebel, was suffering from a severe eye and anal infection but had ignored pleas by vets to get the animal treated, Birmingham Magistrates Court heard.
Inspectors from animal charity the RSPCA came to the dog’s rescue after Phillips’ 15-year-old daughter raised the alarm, said Gaynor Sutton, prosecuting.
“The teenager answered the door and said the dog had collapsed and was dying,” said Mrs Sutton.
“Inspectors saw the dog on the floor, unable to stand or even hold up its own head.”Now, you are saying, if she’s on benefits, surely she qualifies for…
Hold that thought!
She said Philips was questioned over the dog’s condition and revealed she had called animal charity the PDSA about it.
“The PDSA asked her to bring the dog in but she said she didn’t as she didn’t have any transport,” added Mrs Sutton.
“She came up with a series of pathetic excuses as to why she could not take him to the vets.”I'm guessing if her children need a doctor, the same thing will happen?