A woman has been banned from keeping cats or dogs after pleading guilty to offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
By, 13 Mar 2019
Zoe Powell, 42, of Ruardean, Gloucestershire, was disqualified from owning a pet for at least five years after failing to look after her dog, an American Bulldog named Beethoven.
The Forest of Dean District Council’s Street Warden Team found Beethoven wandering the streets in February 2018.
Vets find proof of unnecessary suffering
Beethoven appeared to be underweight and was covered in painful looking sores. Vet reports later confirmed that Beethoven was underweight for a dog of his age. As he showed no signs of any medical conditions that could account for the weight loss, the report concluded it was caused by a lack of adequate nutrition.
Officials were able to identify the owner, and the case was brought to the local magistrate's court.
Powell pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
In addition to the ban, Powell was ordered to pay £712.50 in court costs, a £45 fine, and a £35 victim surcharge.
Tim Gwilliam, leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, praised the local street warden team. He said, "I’d like to thank our local street wardens for acting quickly to save Beethoven from neglect".
He went on to say that the local authority takes animal welfare very seriously and guilty owners should expect to be punished with the full extent of the law:
"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."
Beethoven finds a new home
Beethoven was signed over to local animal welfare services and has since been rehomed.