A BERRY Brow woman escaped with a fine after appearing in court for neglecting a dog.
Anne Green, 25, appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a one-year-old rottweiler puppy that was in her care.
The male dog, named Chase, was rescued from Mrs Green’s tenth-floor flat at Holme Park Court by RSPCA officers on July 19 last year.
A member of the public had contacted the charity, saying they were concerned that the dog had been abandoned.
RSPCA Inspector Susie Micallef went to the flat on July 17 and saw the dog through the letterbox.
She put tape seals over the door and her colleague, Insp Mandi Barr, returned on July 19 to find the seals intact.
This meant the door had not been opened and nobody had been to the flat.
Insp Barr contacted police who forced entry to the flat. The dog was found alone in the property, underweight and dehydrated but not in a serious condition.
There was no food and the only water available was stagnant water in a mop bucket.
The balcony window was also open, leaving the dog vulnerable to a fall from the 10th storey.
Chase was taken away by the RSPCA and seen by a vet. He had an identity microchip and a scan of this revealed his owner was a Miss Heathcote, who had reported the animal missing to police months earlier.
On August 8, Insp Barr spoke to Mrs Green, who said she had bought the dog from a friend named Sarah who had since moved out of Holme Park Court.
Mrs Green said she had been away caring for her ill partner when inspectors visited the flat in July, but had asked both her ex-partner and a friend to feed the dog.
Mrs Green, representing herself in court, said the prosecution’s version of events was correct and said: “I shouldn’t have done it.”
She was fined £100, made to pay a £15 Victim Surcharge and ordered to pay £150 towards the court costs of £835.
Costs of RSPCA prosecutions are met from donations made to the animal charity.
Mum-of-one Mrs Green was also banned from keeping animals for five years and cannot appeal against the ban for a minimum of three years.
Chase has now been returned to his original owner Miss Heathcote and is doing well.