Court ban couple from keeping animals after RSPCA step in to save dog
A Bristol couple were banned from keeping animals at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after previously admitting causing unnecessary suffering to their dog, Bruce.
Daniel Holly, 31, was disqualified from keeping animals for five years and Kelly-Marie Crook, 30, of Phoenix Grove, was disqualified for two years. Holly was also given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for two years and 200 hours of community service.
Holly pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by kicking Bruce and by failing to provide adequate care and attention for the dog’s lameness.
Crook admitted failing to provide adequate care and attention for Bruce’s lameness.
The court heard that Bruce, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was found in January this year after the RSPCA received concerns that he was limping.
Holly later admitted that he had kicked the dog, causing a soft tissue injury to his right hind leg.
RSPCA inspector, Rebekah Jeffery, said: “I am hopeful that this ban will prevent further animals from suffering in the way that Bruce did.
“He had been kicked by the person he trusted to care for him and then left without veterinary treatment for the resulting painful injury.”
Bruce is now in RSPCA care and will be found a new home.