VIDEO: Pensioner fined over second pet cruelty shame

VIDEO: Pensioner fined over second pet cruelty shame

VIDEO: Pensioner fined over second pet cruelty shame

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AN East Dorset pensioner has been fined £500 and banned from keeping animals, except horses and dogs, for seven years.

Gillian Hughes, 62, from East Borough, Wimborne, was found guilty of 13 charges of causing unnecessary suffering to her pets and failing to ensure that they were receiving adequate veterinary care.

Her friend Shereen Evans, 18, from Ashurst Road, West Moors, was convicted of the same offences and given a five-year ban, with the same conditions, and a two-year conditional discharge.

Bournemouth magistrates heard how Hughes and Evans had kept around 100 cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and horses on a small holding at Forest View, Holt Heath, Mannington.

Seven cats were in a touring caravan which was sodden with urine and faeces, while others were suffering from bad skin conditions.

Poole and Purbeck RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond said: “It was a horrendous case and we were appalled at how these animals were being kept.

“All the cats in the caravan were deemed to be suffering; some were malnourished while others were in a bad condition.

“One cat was quite elderly; within eight weeks he had almost doubled in weight. All he needed was medication and care.

“One of the cats in the caravan had to be put down because of a medical issue which could have been sorted out.”

He appealed to people not to have excessive numbers of pets if they did not have enough space or money to look after them properly and to ask for help, at the earliest opportunity, if they were struggling to care for their pets.

It was Hughes’ second animal cruelty conviction.

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2:57pm Thu 17 May 12

Morrigan says...

Her second conviction,yet they allowed her to continue to keep animals in her care after the first time and even now she could still do the same to dogs and horses.

It beggars belief, it really does. Ban her from owning ANY animals - end of!
Her second conviction,yet they allowed her to continue to keep animals in her care after the first time and even now she could still do the same to dogs and horses. It beggars belief, it really does. Ban her from owning ANY animals - end of! Morrigan
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3:08pm Thu 17 May 12

Dog friendly 1 says...

Totally agree with Morrigan, who was the stupid judge that passed this person to be considered safe to look after horses and dogs when she can't even look after a small animal. BAN FOR LIFE - the judge should be struck off also for his/her incompetence. I do hope its not the same judge that allowed the youngsters to get away with killing the young fawn in Upton Country Park a year ago or so?
Totally agree with Morrigan, who was the stupid judge that passed this person to be considered safe to look after horses and dogs when she can't even look after a small animal. BAN FOR LIFE - the judge should be struck off also for his/her incompetence. I do hope its not the same judge that allowed the youngsters to get away with killing the young fawn in Upton Country Park a year ago or so? Dog friendly 1
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3:18pm Thu 17 May 12

Dog friendly 1 says...

They must be both sick in the head - tho I do not want my council tax paying for them, to get any help - its a bit too late for that. People who do this are beyond it. The inept judge on this case seems to think they can still look after other animals ok, so he thinks they are of sound mind...hmmm...I wonder how Gillian Hughes and Shireen Evans would like a dose of the same treatment that they gave the animals? Doesn't matter what the animal is - no excuse - no ill treatment.
They must be both sick in the head - tho I do not want my council tax paying for them, to get any help - its a bit too late for that. People who do this are beyond it. The inept judge on this case seems to think they can still look after other animals ok, so he thinks they are of sound mind...hmmm...I wonder how Gillian Hughes and Shireen Evans would like a dose of the same treatment that they gave the animals? Doesn't matter what the animal is - no excuse - no ill treatment. Dog friendly 1
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5:49pm Thu 17 May 12

spooki says...

How exactly are they going to monitor this person? Is someone going to watch her every hour of the day to make sure she doesn't get hold of any more animals? And if she gets a dog or horse that's ok? Not sure how they'll enforce this one.
How exactly are they going to monitor this person? Is someone going to watch her every hour of the day to make sure she doesn't get hold of any more animals? And if she gets a dog or horse that's ok? Not sure how they'll enforce this one. spooki
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6:11pm Thu 17 May 12

Morrigan says...

spooki wrote:
How exactly are they going to monitor this person? Is someone going to watch her every hour of the day to make sure she doesn't get hold of any more animals? And if she gets a dog or horse that's ok? Not sure how they'll enforce this one.
They are probably relying on neighbours etc to "dob her in" if she gets any cats or other animals, which simply won't work.

I used to live near someone who was banned from owning cats for 10 years after leaving almost 70 cats shut in a shed without food, water or medical attention .... his "wife" now owns 3 cats and there is nothing the Police can do about it - I know because I phoned them!!
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: How exactly are they going to monitor this person? Is someone going to watch her every hour of the day to make sure she doesn't get hold of any more animals? And if she gets a dog or horse that's ok? Not sure how they'll enforce this one.[/p][/quote]They are probably relying on neighbours etc to "dob her in" if she gets any cats or other animals, which simply won't work. I used to live near someone who was banned from owning cats for 10 years after leaving almost 70 cats shut in a shed without food, water or medical attention .... his "wife" now owns 3 cats and there is nothing the Police can do about it - I know because I phoned them!! Morrigan
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7:24pm Thu 17 May 12

Bournefre says...

Name & shame!
Name & shame! Bournefre
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9:09pm Thu 17 May 12

Dog friendly 1 says...

They have been, details according to the Echo are:-
Gillian Hughes, 62, from East Borough, Wimborne and Shereen Evans, 18, from Ashurst Road, West Moors. It was in the original article.
They have been, details according to the Echo are:- Gillian Hughes, 62, from East Borough, Wimborne and Shereen Evans, 18, from Ashurst Road, West Moors. It was in the original article. Dog friendly 1
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6:50am Fri 18 May 12

EGHH says...

A second conviction should be a life ban and £5000 fine or 6 months in jail. It is the only way these type of people will learn!
A second conviction should be a life ban and £5000 fine or 6 months in jail. It is the only way these type of people will learn! EGHH
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9:23am Fri 18 May 12

john in poole" says...

I heard some one from XCHURCH got a load of cats and a greyhound in a bedsit.

I did not believe a word of it ,he made it up to break his lonely sadness.
I heard some one from XCHURCH got a load of cats and a greyhound in a bedsit. I did not believe a word of it ,he made it up to break his lonely sadness. john in poole"
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