Milford Haven couple banned from keeping dogs for five years
2:35pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Milford Mercury news
A dog left weighing less than a cat was one of two removed from a Milford Haven couple banned from keeping dogs by magistrates on Tuesday, August 20.
Daniel Christopher Swan, 27, and Rebecca Swan, 19, both of Cromwell Road, admitted failing to meet the welfare needs of their two dogs under section 9 of the Anmial Welfare Act.
They had previously pleaded guilty to not addressing the dogs’ weight loss issues at an earlier hearing on Friday, July 26.
A neghibour of the couple called the RSPCA in February after he became so concerned for the dogs’ welfare he had taken them from their garden and taken them into his own home.
RSPCA Inspector Richard Abbot arrived to find Shadow, a 10-month-old male whippet and Misty, a three-month-old greyhound cross, in very poor body condition.
Mr Swan was cautioned and the dogs were taken to a vet who confirmed that the dogs were emaciated and suffering. Inspector Abbott said: “These two emaciated dogs were so weak they struggled to stand whilst being examined by the vet. Misty weighed less than a cat when she was rescued.
"It is a credit to both dogs and Llys Nini Animal Centre that Misty and Shadow recovered, both have been rehomed and have settled well in their new homes."
The dogs were signed over to the RSPCA and both dogs have now both been successfully rehomed to loving homes.
The couple were banned for keeping dogs for five years and also each given a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £500 costs.