Two-year ban for couple who let dog get in such a 'sorry state' he had to be put down

Bournemouth Echo: ‘SORRY STATE’ Jess the dog had to be put down ‘SORRY STATE’ Jess the dog had to be put down

A COUPLE have been banned from owning dogs for two years after their elderly pet was in such a ‘sorry state’ it had to be put down.

Julie Goward applied the household cleaning product Borax to border collie Jess’s skin and she and her husband Clive have both admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog at their home in Days Road, Swanage.

They both admitted two charges, which included failing to provide veterinary care for a problem with Jess’s ears between March 29 and June 21.

The second charge stated they failed to ensure Jess was protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

The husband admitted the charges in October, when his wife was unable to attend court due to ill health. She has now admitted the two charges and a third offence of causing unnecessary suffering by ‘applying an irritant, namely Borax’ to Jess’s skin, The 15-year-old dog was put down after being taken to a vet and found to have ‘a string of health problems’.

Goward, 62, told the court the situation ‘got out of hand’ due to the serious medical problems affecting his wife, 58.

The pair were given a two-year conditional discharge and were each ordered to pay costs of £350. After the hearing an RSPCA spokesman said there was ‘no excuse to let a once-loved pet suffer in this way’.

She said: “In this case Jess, a 15-year-old black and white Collie, was a forgotten old pet who was in a sorry state and in desperate need of veterinary attention due to severe ear infection and skin condition.”

She urged those struggling to afford medical care to contact charities like the RSPCA and PDSA.

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9:13am Fri 6 Dec 13

JustForPoole says...

Two year ban ..... NOT ENOUGH .... could have just picked up the phone and called RSPCA !!!!!
Two year ban ..... NOT ENOUGH .... could have just picked up the phone and called RSPCA !!!!! JustForPoole

9:17am Fri 6 Dec 13

suzigirl says...

Hang em!
Hang em! suzigirl

9:38am Fri 6 Dec 13

elite50 says...

Maybe, just maybe the state of his wifes health was more important than that of a mere dog!
Maybe, just maybe the state of his wifes health was more important than that of a mere dog! elite50

9:41am Fri 6 Dec 13

retry69 says...

elite50 wrote:
Maybe, just maybe the state of his wifes health was more important than that of a mere dog!
Oh no not the anti-dog hair dryer, it takes alot to get you out of your kennel nowadays :)
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Maybe, just maybe the state of his wifes health was more important than that of a mere dog![/p][/quote]Oh no not the anti-dog hair dryer, it takes alot to get you out of your kennel nowadays :) retry69

9:55am Fri 6 Dec 13

Was-son says...

I completely agree a 2 year ban IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!! :( this makes me EXTREMELY angry- they should be getting a 2 year custodial sentence at the very least- if it was a human being they would get time- why should it be any different for a canine form of being? And in response to the above comment.... a 'mere' dog- what a poor excuse for a soul you are- if his wifes health was moire important he shoudl have rang the dog wardon or the rspca...... and let the dog be cared for by someone who could cope. OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! :( :( :(
I completely agree a 2 year ban IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! :( this makes me EXTREMELY angry- they should be getting a 2 year custodial sentence at the very least- if it was a human being they would get time- why should it be any different for a canine form of being? And in response to the above comment.... a 'mere' dog- what a poor excuse for a soul you are- if his wifes health was moire important he shoudl have rang the dog wardon or the rspca...... and let the dog be cared for by someone who could cope. OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! :( :( :( Was-son

10:02am Fri 6 Dec 13

teri10 says...

2 Year ban? Nowhere near enough, I agree that it should've been a custodial sentence & banned for Life from ever having any pets again!!
2 Year ban? Nowhere near enough, I agree that it should've been a custodial sentence & banned for Life from ever having any pets again!! teri10

10:50am Fri 6 Dec 13

Dibbles2 says...

Was-son wrote:
I completely agree a 2 year ban IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!! :( this makes me EXTREMELY angry- they should be getting a 2 year custodial sentence at the very least- if it was a human being they would get time- why should it be any different for a canine form of being? And in response to the above comment.... a 'mere' dog- what a poor excuse for a soul you are- if his wifes health was moire important he shoudl have rang the dog wardon or the rspca...... and let the dog be cared for by someone who could cope. OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! :( :( :(
A bit extreme don't you think? Since when has anyone been sent to prison for anything similar to a human? We all know the justice system is awful and although the dog clearly suffered and that is very wrong do you think a prison sentence is appropriate? There are times in peoples lives where simple and obvious decisions are difficult to make.
[quote][p][bold]Was-son[/bold] wrote: I completely agree a 2 year ban IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! :( this makes me EXTREMELY angry- they should be getting a 2 year custodial sentence at the very least- if it was a human being they would get time- why should it be any different for a canine form of being? And in response to the above comment.... a 'mere' dog- what a poor excuse for a soul you are- if his wifes health was moire important he shoudl have rang the dog wardon or the rspca...... and let the dog be cared for by someone who could cope. OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! :( :( :([/p][/quote]A bit extreme don't you think? Since when has anyone been sent to prison for anything similar to a human? We all know the justice system is awful and although the dog clearly suffered and that is very wrong do you think a prison sentence is appropriate? There are times in peoples lives where simple and obvious decisions are difficult to make. Dibbles2

10:53am Fri 6 Dec 13

funkyferret says...

It's a shame that society doesn't permit us to euthanise Mr & Mrs Goward instead.
It's a shame that society doesn't permit us to euthanise Mr & Mrs Goward instead. funkyferret

12:02pm Fri 6 Dec 13

suzigirl says...

funkyferret wrote:
It's a shame that society doesn't permit us to euthanise Mr & Mrs Goward instead.
Hear Hear!
[quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that society doesn't permit us to euthanise Mr & Mrs Goward instead.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear! suzigirl

3:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Mark Bennett says...

I am a retired veterinary surgeon, I worked in Swanage and Wareham for 35 years, I now live in Brittany.

In my experience when animals reach this sorry state it is unfortunately due to their owner's ignorance. It is most unfortunate that in cases like this the owners don't realise how ill their pet is, the chronic conditions have come on gradually and are not noticed.

I am not making excuses for ignorance but so often this is the case. Unfortunately also the perceived high cost of veterinary services and particularily in Swanage the lack of availability of an alternative charity run service can be factors in exacerbating neglect.
I am a retired veterinary surgeon, I worked in Swanage and Wareham for 35 years, I now live in Brittany. In my experience when animals reach this sorry state it is unfortunately due to their owner's ignorance. It is most unfortunate that in cases like this the owners don't realise how ill their pet is, the chronic conditions have come on gradually and are not noticed. I am not making excuses for ignorance but so often this is the case. Unfortunately also the perceived high cost of veterinary services and particularily in Swanage the lack of availability of an alternative charity run service can be factors in exacerbating neglect. Mark Bennett

9:53am Sat 7 Dec 13

elite50 says...

You people are sick!
A woman is very ill, her husband concentrates on caring for her, they forget about a 100 year old fleabag and you lot want to kill them.
I hope for your partners sake that it never happens to them.
If it was YOU that was sick, how would YOU feel?
Wake up!
You people are sick! A woman is very ill, her husband concentrates on caring for her, they forget about a 100 year old fleabag and you lot want to kill them. I hope for your partners sake that it never happens to them. If it was YOU that was sick, how would YOU feel? Wake up! elite50

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