Posted: Wed 14th Dec 2022

Two Wrexham men banned from keeping all animals after failing to treat a puppy

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2022

Two men from Wrexham have been banned from keeping all animals for 24 months after failing to provide veterinary care and attention for a puppy with cropped ears.

Jordan Birchall-Roberts (d.o.b 11/01/2002) of Heol Cadfan, Wrexham and Carl Cassius Marius Birchall of (d.o.b 14/03/1974) of Meadow Lea, Caia Park, Wrexham, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 13 December.

They pleaded guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act of failing to meet the needs of a bulldog called Zena by failing to provide proper and necessary veterinary care and attention for her cropped ears.

They both received the same sentence – disqualification from keeping all animals for 24 months and were ordered to pay £300 costs, a £120 fine and a £34 victim surcharge.

The court had heard that the defendants told the RSPCA that the seven-week-old puppy was taken into their care with already cropped ears and had owned her for a week.

Ear cropping is illegal in England & Wales under the Animal Welfare Act.

RSPCA inspector Rachael Davies attended Meadow Lea in Wrexham on 9 June. She found Zena in the living room and could see instantly that her ears had been cropped and that they looked “swollen and appeared to have been cut unevenly”.

Inspector Davies – who was speaking to a lady at the property – said in a written statement: “I could see the holes where the stitches had been.

“The lady told me that the first night the puppy came home it was screaming in pain so they gave it some Calpol and since then it had been fine.”

Zena’s owner Birchall-Roberts then returned and inspector Davies asked him where he got the dog from.

He explained that had been given a phone number which had come off Gumtree.

“He said he then picked the dog up from some men at a service station in Chester,” she added.

““I asked if the puppy had seen a vet, he said no. I advised him that I was concerned about the puppy’s ears as they looked very swollen and painful and that I wanted to take the puppy to the vet to get them checked.

“At first he was reluctant however after speaking to his father he agreed to let me take the puppy to the vet.

“He told me the puppy was seven weeks old when he got her and he had owned her for one week.”

At the vets Zena was examined and a vet confirmed that her ears were swollen with signs of infection.

She was taken into possession by police and placed into the care of the RSPCA.

A witness statement from a veterinary surgeon said Zena would have endured suffering when these wounds were sustained and the days following this (timescale of approximately one week).

They added: “The suffering in the days after could have been reduced by adequate assessment and treatment, had Zena been presented to a veterinary surgeon earlier.

“I estimate that Zena has not had her needs met for approximately one week, or the time since sustaining the wounds to her ears, allegedly one week prior.

“A reasonable person would have presented this puppy to a veterinary surgeon on the day of purchase or ownership.”

Prior to the hearing Zena was signed over to the RSPCA.

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com
Latest News

  • Busy 24 hours for North Flintshire Police with six arrested for various offences
  • Appeal launched after Connah’s Quay flat development next to pub denied
  • Appeal launched after man ‘sustains life-changing injuries’ following electric bike collision

  • More...

    Busy 24 hours for North Flintshire Police with six arrested for various offences

    News

    Appeal launched after Connah’s Quay flat development next to pub denied

    News

    Appeal launched after man ‘sustains life-changing injuries’ following electric bike collision

    News

    Plans for 90 new homes in New Brighton approved despite fears for schoolchildren’s walking safety

    News

    Chester Racecourse teams up with Deva Fest for Roman Day in partnership

    News

    Vital funding to support Welsh hospices

    News

    Shotton home conversion to HMO approved amid community concerns

    News

    Update: Road between Hawarden and Ewloe back open following earlier ‘road traffic collision’

    News

    Chester Zoo is the UK’s top zoo, according to new Tripadvisor rankings

    News