09 January 2019

Dog owner banned from keeping pets - terriers were ‘barrel-shaped’ from being fed cheese and pudding

A pet owner whose two dogs became so fat they couldn't walk after being fed cheese and rice pudding for three years has been banned from keeping animals.

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were barrel-shaped from being for cheese and pudding a pet owner whose two dogs became so fat they couldn't walk after being fat cheese and rice pudding for three years has been banned from keeping animals Martin Harrison 58 a loud Staffordshire Bull Terriers Brockie and Lucy to become so oh the way they were barrel shaped and buckled under their sheer size in court the Staffies were described as having been a beasts and barrel like with fatty deposits under their skin when they were seized under the Animal Welfare Act Harrison blamed his late mother for feeding the dogs cheese and rice puddings but he confessed to occasionally spoiling them with cakes and doggy treats the dogs were panting heavily and laid down in the consulting room of the vets after being seized by RSPCA inspectors during the time Harrison owned the dogs bra keys weight ballooned from a healthy 46 pounds to 82 pounds nearly six Stone looses weight increased to 75 pounds and she had a chronic air condition which was also not treated since they were seized in March last year the animals

were put on a diet and now weigh about 50 pounds each both dogs have been permanently confiscated from Harrison from Christchurch Dorset after magistrates made a deprivation order a Poole Magistrates Court he was also fined and has been disqualified from owning or keeping animals for two years Jeremy Lake prosecuting said both dogs were grossly obese and barrel-like when they were seized under the Animal Welfare Act bra he was panting constantly and laying down in the consulting-room and had fatty deposits around his neck and back Lucy was also overweight and she had a chronic disease caused over a long term which caused suffering in the dog that are responsible and competent owner would not have allowed the court heard that Harrison who lived with his mother bought Brockie and Lucy on gumtree in November 2014 the RSPCA was first alerted to their condition in December 2016 following a tip-off from a member of the public and Harrison was visited by a nun inspector and given advice on how to reduce their weight however when he was visited again in January 2018 the

inspector discovered both Brockie and Lucy had got even heavier Harrison was given a final warning by the RSPCA and two months later following an independent vet's report expressing concerns about their suffering there were seized under the Animal Welfare Act on the 28th of March since both dogs were placed into the care of an animal rescue loses ear has been operated on and their weights have returned to normal our SPCA inspector Tina Ward said both dogs were grossly overweight and it was going to do long-term damage to their health after a couple of minutes they would lay on the floor panting and they didn't have any energy now they are lovely dogs full of energy who loved to run around and play ball defending himself Harrison explained that his late mother would feed the dogs cheese and rice pudding despite him repeatedly asking her not to she stopped in January 2018 after which time the dogs began slimming down after he ordered a special weight loss food project for them on the Internet obesity can be defined as an excess of body fat that is enough to impair health

welfare and quality of life checking if your dog is overweight to check if your dog is overweight there are a few simple checks you can do you should be able to see and feel the outline of your dog's ribs without excess fat covering you should be able to see and feel your dog's waist and it should be clearly visible when viewed from above your dog's belly should be tucked up when viewed from the side if your dog does not pass these checks or if you are in any doubt consult your vet they will be able to provide a health check and if necessary recommend a weight reduction program checking if your cat is over weigh check to see if your cat is overweight ooh using the steps below you should be able to see and feel your cat's ribs spine and hip bones your cats way should be clearly visible when viewed from above your caps belly shouldn't be sagging underneath there should only be a small amount of belly fat if your cat doesn't pass these checks speak to your vet who will be able to provide a health check and if necessary recommend a weight loss program to help them get back into tip-top condition the RSPCA

says obesity is a serious welfare issue in pets because it can cause suffering and can be extremely disabling it is also likely to affect your pet ability to perform natural behaviors including exercising normally Pet Obesity can also cause serious health problems and make existing problems worse which can reduce the length and quality of your pets life including Harrison who has various chronic health issues said he could not afford to take Lucy to the vets for a period of time blaming former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith for stopping his benefits he said I admit the dogs were overweight but it wasn't my fault because my mother overfed them when I hid the dog food she would give them rice pudding and cheese I tried to stop her but it was impossible with her Alzheimer's you can't watch someone 24 hours a day now she has died in November 2018 I can look after the dogs properly once I knew about the special dog food to help weight loss their weight started coming down any missed vet appointments can be blamed on Ian Duncan Smith my benefits were stopped and I had no money to take Lucy to the vets my dogs are my children

I miss them like crazy and I just want them back I've got no one else Harrison was found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to his pets by not providing them with a healthy diet under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 he was also found guilty of one count of failing to provide veterinary care for a severe ear disease under the same act magistrates said Harrison had failed in his responsibility to prevent his dogs becoming severely overweight a man calling Westham said as the owner are these two dogs they were your responsibility to care for them and that included their weight we accept the situation with your mother having dementia was very difficult and you couldn't watch her 24 hours a day but the fact remains these dogs remained sevillio the weights despite several warnings from the RSPCA and the advice they gave you about managing this you frequently missed vet's appointments over a long period in the year remained unchecked when it was a significant disease that would have been clearly visible your two dogs will not be returned to you as you have a long history of failing to care appropriately

for them Harrison was also fined one hundred and fifty pounds given a 30 pound victim surcharge in order to pay 100 pounds in costs