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A distraught grandmother has been hauled into court and ordered to wear an electronic tag - because she couldn't face having her elderly dog put down. Devastated Pauline Spoor was so attached to her beloved chocolate labrador Dexter she could not face having him destroyed, even though the frail animal was nearly 18-years-old and struggled to walk.
The RSPCA broke into her home and, after finding the dog with numerous medical problems, charged 71-year-old Mrs Spoor with causing unnecessary suffering to her loyal companion. Dexter, who had been suffering from fur loss, arthritis and conjunctivitis, was put to sleep by a vet the day after he was found by the animal welfare charity.
After being hauled in front of Tameside magistrates, retired cashier Mrs Spoor was spared jail but ordered to wear a tag and given a nine-hour daily curfew. Divorcee Mrs Spoor admitted an animal cruelty charge and said she was 'blinded by love' for her pet after being fined £250 costs and given the three-month curfew. She was told by magistrates she must remain at home between 9pm and 6am and must also complete a community order.
Mrs Spoor, who had her other dog Gizmo returned to her, said she had Dexter for 11 years after rescuing him from abandonment and that the animal had become her 'best friend'. She said: 'I know I've done wrong but I feel absolutely humiliated at having to wear a tag as if I am some common criminal. It just seems so over the top. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
fur loss, arthritis and conjunctivitis
We should be raiding hospice centers across the country and charging the doctors and nurses with cruelty and crimes against humanity then.
Originally posted by TheMessenger1
But accusing this lady for animal cruelty is a step too far especially if they BROKE INTO HER HOUSE. That is just unbelieveable. Does the RSPCA have any authority to break into someone's home to see if the occupants are being cruel to their pets?? No they don't. And to top it off they take the dog and put it down. And just to add insult to injury they give back her other dog.
Commen sense tells me that a person who exhibits animal cruelty shouldn't be allowed to have pets but this lady wasn't acting cruelly, she loved her dog to death, (pardon the pun).