Council success as local woman pleads guilty after failing to provide adequate care for her dog

Forest of Dean District Council has prosecuted a local woman for offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Appearing at Cheltenham Magistrates court today (Monday 11 March 2019), Zoe Powell of Ruardean was disqualified for an indefinite period for keeping cats and dogs (at least for a minimum of five years) and ordered to pay £712.50 costs, a £45 fine and a £30 victim surcharge after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an American Bulldog.

The prosecution was brought by Forest of Dean District Council’s Street Warden Team with the assistance of the council’s Counter Fraud Unit, after finding Miss Powell’s dog, straying in the local area in February 2018.

Officers noticed that the dog, named Beethoven, appeared to be underweight, with sore patches on his body and in his ears. Powell agreed to sign over Beethoven and he has since been rehomed.

Veterinary reports later confirmed that Beethoven was underweight for a dog of his size and breed and that there was no medical cause for the weight loss; the only conclusion to be drawn was that his condition was due to lack of adequate nutrition.

The sores on his body were thought to be pressure sores caused by lack of muscle and body fat when Beethoven was lying down.

Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council said: "I’d like to thank our local street wardens for acting quickly to save Beethoven from neglect. As a council we take animal welfare seriously and this case is an example of how we will take action where we can.

"I’m pleased that the court ordered that Miss Powell should be disqualified from keeping or looking after any dogs for at least the next five years."

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal can report it to the council by emailing street.wardens@fdean.gov.uk or fraud.referrals@cotswold.gov.uk

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