Woman banned from keeping pets for 10 years after death of puppy

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A Bedford woman has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after she admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her Jack Russell terrier cross puppy.

Hayley Cooke, 51, of Gillespie Close, Bedford appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 19, in connection with two offences - one of causing unnecessary suffering by the infliction of physical trauma which resulted in the puppy’s death and one of causing unnecessary suffering by killing him in an inappropriate and inhumane manner.

Both offences were contrary to s.4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

In addition to the disqualification, Cooke was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £1,345 in costs.

The court heard that the defendant’s 11-week-old puppy Jasper died on or around April 20, 2013.

The RSPCA was contacted by the police and Jasper was found wrapped in a towel in the kitchen at the property. There was blood on the wall and curtains.

A post mortem examination showed that Jasper had died from an accumulation of fluid on the lungs but it is not clear exactly what had happened to him.

The defendant said that a combination of alcohol and medication on the day of the incident had caused her to have no memory of what happened.

RSPCA inspector Cherry Evans said: “Poor Jasper suffered a horrible death. He was so young and did not deserve to have his life ended in this way.”