American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

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A SOUTHEND couple have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to their two dogs.

Max and Lola, two American bulldogs, were kept in barren cages in a garage with no bedding or water and very little food.

They were found by the RSPCA in such a severely emaciated and malnourished state that Max has been left with a malformation in his back legs.

Their owners, Dean, 46, and Linda Anthony, 29, both of Alton Gardens, pleaded guilty to offences under the Anomal Welfare Act at Southend Magistrates’ Court last week.

The pair was banned from keeping all animals, except cats, for ten years and made to pay costs of £510 and sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work.

The RSPCA was called in December 2013 after concern for the dogs.

RSPCA inspector Matt Gough said: “This was a case of extremely serious neglect and the vet said the dogs had been suffering for at least a month. “They had just not been given the food they needed to grow and develop normally, and were in a terrible state.

“Poor Max was a bag of bones and could not even stretch out or use his rear. “I think they had been given just minimal food topped up with human scraps.”

The dogs were allegedly kept in the cages because they chewed on household items, and deprived water as they kept knocking it over.

Both were underweight with a high worm burden, while Max had a cracked tooth, sores on his legs and hip dysplasia – a malformation caused by malnutrition.

Anyone who would like to rehome either Max, Lola, or both, should contact the Southend branch of the RSPCA on 07749175023.

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5:24pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Diddy25 says...

Absolutely attrocious!!!!!! Made me want to cry; or more to the point - scream! If any animal is causing you a problem, pass it on to RSPCA or similar to let them find a suitable caring person who CAN and WILL care for it. As for the RSPCA saying this couple could look after cats - I'd ban them from any animal - even goldfish. Simply not fit. :(
Absolutely attrocious!!!!!! Made me want to cry; or more to the point - scream! If any animal is causing you a problem, pass it on to RSPCA or similar to let them find a suitable caring person who CAN and WILL care for it. As for the RSPCA saying this couple could look after cats - I'd ban them from any animal - even goldfish. Simply not fit. :( Diddy25
  • Score: 52

5:26pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Joe Clark says...

Give the owners exactly the same environment as they gave the poor dogs, then wheel them out on public display name and shame no excuses for treating an animal in such a way.
Give the owners exactly the same environment as they gave the poor dogs, then wheel them out on public display name and shame no excuses for treating an animal in such a way. Joe Clark
  • Score: 44

5:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

AuldGit says...

I hope they don't get cats - if they do I pity the poor creatures.
I hope they don't get cats - if they do I pity the poor creatures. AuldGit
  • Score: 36

5:36pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ddf35 says...

why are they still allowed to have cats?? Weird decision.
why are they still allowed to have cats?? Weird decision. ddf35
  • Score: 41

5:43pm Mon 14 Apr 14

sosad 1 says...

these people are pure evil but they can still keep cats what we have here is a typical cat hating middle class magistrate these offenders should not be allowed to keep any living thing f**king scum of the planet
these people are pure evil but they can still keep cats what we have here is a typical cat hating middle class magistrate these offenders should not be allowed to keep any living thing f**king scum of the planet sosad 1
  • Score: 36

5:50pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

ANOMAL ???
ANOMAL ??? CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

heartbeat says...

It's a disgrace that they should still be allowed to keep cats. They sound disgustingly cruel. I sincerely hope now they have been named and shamed that anyone who knows them will keep a close eye on what contact they still have with animals and report them if there are suspicions about the animals' welfare.
It's a disgrace that they should still be allowed to keep cats. They sound disgustingly cruel. I sincerely hope now they have been named and shamed that anyone who knows them will keep a close eye on what contact they still have with animals and report them if there are suspicions about the animals' welfare. heartbeat
  • Score: 24

6:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Twiggles says...

Max has now been re-homed. I met him today and he is a lovely dog. Very friendly
Max has now been re-homed. I met him today and he is a lovely dog. Very friendly Twiggles
  • Score: 31

9:02pm Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Put these 2 mugshots on display, disgusting pair, hope they get to scrape up dog shiite from the area for 100 hours wearing bright pink overalls with 'kick me' on the back.
Put these 2 mugshots on display, disgusting pair, hope they get to scrape up dog shiite from the area for 100 hours wearing bright pink overalls with 'kick me' on the back. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 26

10:37pm Mon 14 Apr 14

scatty jackie says...

bet the rspca dont follow up on animal abusers . to see if they have any other pets . and the justice system needs shaking up if you stole car push bike etc or not paid your taxes you get put away.we need harsher sentances for these kinda ppl that hurt or cruel to animals.a pic name and shame them.
disgusted with the sentance
bet the rspca dont follow up on animal abusers . to see if they have any other pets . and the justice system needs shaking up if you stole car push bike etc or not paid your taxes you get put away.we need harsher sentances for these kinda ppl that hurt or cruel to animals.a pic name and shame them. disgusted with the sentance scatty jackie
  • Score: 17

8:07am Tue 15 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....
these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here..... pembury53
  • Score: -11

1:32pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Grammer_Checker says...

"Anomal Welfare Act"?? Another example of "Failure to Proof Read"
"Anomal Welfare Act"?? Another example of "Failure to Proof Read" Grammer_Checker
  • Score: 3

3:15pm Tue 15 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

pembury53 wrote:
these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....
Sadly I have to agree.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....[/p][/quote]Sadly I have to agree. MilesBond
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Tue 15 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

MilesBond wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....
Sadly I have to agree.
i think i would have agreed once....but you should have watched the 2 part on ITV a few weeks back9Dangerous dogs), some dogs made an amazing recovery.
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....[/p][/quote]Sadly I have to agree.[/p][/quote]i think i would have agreed once....but you should have watched the 2 part on ITV a few weeks back9Dangerous dogs), some dogs made an amazing recovery. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

6:30pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Howhitev4 says...

They could afford to have items delivered for them selfs but did not buy dogs any food, it used to stink by door, dogs were in dark garage with no windows, I walked away thinking this is not right, spoke to someone and was told it is being dealt with, if I hear they have another dog I will be straight onto RSPCA,
They could afford to have items delivered for them selfs but did not buy dogs any food, it used to stink by door, dogs were in dark garage with no windows, I walked away thinking this is not right, spoke to someone and was told it is being dealt with, if I hear they have another dog I will be straight onto RSPCA, Howhitev4
  • Score: 4

7:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

pembury53 wrote:
these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....
There's a lot of disturbed animals around Southend, a cull is what the Doctor needs to order.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: these animals, disturbed by their ordeal, are an accident waiting to happen..... prosecution and destruction should be order of the day here.....[/p][/quote]There's a lot of disturbed animals around Southend, a cull is what the Doctor needs to order. CarnMountification
  • Score: -1

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