Tredegar man left dog to suffer with tennis-ball sized tumour

South Wales Argus: SUFFERING: Monty had a tumour the size of a tennis ball on her neck SUFFERING: Monty had a tumour the size of a tennis ball on her neck

A TREDEGAR man has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after he failed to take his dog to be treated for an aggressive, malignant tumour on its neck and an ear infection.

Terence Patrick Lee, 55, of Green Meadow, Sirhowy, did not attend court due to sickness and magistrates found the matter proven in his absence.

Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court sitting yesterday heard Lee was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

They heard that between June 4 and June 8 last year, his black and white female collie dog, Monty, suffered as a result of him not taking her to the vets for treatment to the tennis ball-sized tumour on the side of her neck and a severe ear infection.

The court heard Inspector Simon Evans from RSPCA Cymru attended Lee’s house on June 8.

In his evidence which was read out in court, Mr Evans said he saw Monty had a growth on the left side of her neck and he took photos.

Following the arrival of police officers at the property, the dog was seized and taken to a vets.

The court heard a vet examined the dog and found the large tumour, which was ulcerated and discharging liquid, and there was a strong smell of infection.

The vet clipped the growth and gave the dog medicine including antibiotics. The vet also discovered the dog had an ear infection and had been suffering from both for some time.

RSPCA prosecutor Thomas Edwards told the court the tumour had been infected for around four or five days.

The bench issued a warrant for Lee’s arrest. He will be sentenced at a later date.

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11:23am Tue 14 Jan 14

welshmen says...

There are no excuses for this Terrence, you know you should have rung the RSPCA, they would have helped, instead you let your pet (best friend) suffer, shame on you, I hope Monty goes to someone who will give him a good home and life which he deservers after suffering for month's....
There are no excuses for this Terrence, you know you should have rung the RSPCA, they would have helped, instead you let your pet (best friend) suffer, shame on you, I hope Monty goes to someone who will give him a good home and life which he deservers after suffering for month's.... welshmen
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1:59pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Trefor says...

There is no excuse!! There is no possible reason why this `perverse` dog owner should not have accessed help for this animal for which he was responsible!!!! RSPCA. Peoples Dispensary For Sick Animals. or, for that matter, any of the local animal charities would have made appropriate arrangements for the dog to be treated, as it was, this irresponsible dog owner, who clearly did not care what pain and suffering his dog endured, ( despite what some `clever dick` local lawyer may say to the local Magistrates about his love for his `pet`, one way love I think, and it was not from this owner). There are no excuses, there are no good reasons why this dog suffered in silence for weeks, as a result of the disgusting and unacceptable inactions of LEE.

I do not belong to the hang em and flog em brigade, but, when it comes to such cases as this the Magistrates will be abdicating their responsibilities, to me and every member of the Gwent Public, if they fail to ensure this owner is made subject to the most severe penalties the law, made to protect animals, allows.
There is no excuse!! There is no possible reason why this `perverse` dog owner should not have accessed help for this animal for which he was responsible!!!! RSPCA. Peoples Dispensary For Sick Animals. or, for that matter, any of the local animal charities would have made appropriate arrangements for the dog to be treated, as it was, this irresponsible dog owner, who clearly did not care what pain and suffering his dog endured, ( despite what some `clever dick` local lawyer may say to the local Magistrates about his love for his `pet`, one way love I think, and it was not from this owner). There are no excuses, there are no good reasons why this dog suffered in silence for weeks, as a result of the disgusting and unacceptable inactions of LEE. I do not belong to the hang em and flog em brigade, but, when it comes to such cases as this the Magistrates will be abdicating their responsibilities, to me and every member of the Gwent Public, if they fail to ensure this owner is made subject to the most severe penalties the law, made to protect animals, allows. Trefor
  • Score: 24

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