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Couple who mistreated dog given 10 year ban from owning or keeping animals

Couple who mistreated dog given 10 year ban from owning or keeping animals

Hannah Crouch

Couple who mistreated dog given 10 year ban from owning or keeping animals

A 10 year ban from owning or keeping animals has been given to a couple from Slough who failed to get the correct medical treatment for their dog.

Sarah Harris, 36 and Sam Brewer-Wright, 32, of Salt Hill Mansions, were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to their highland western breed, Archie.

Neighbourhood enforcement officers from Slough Borough Council (SBC) and police rescued Archie in August after they discovered he was being neglected.

He was very skinny, suffering with inflammation and an infection in his hind legs, and lots of his fur had been chewed away. 

Previously Harris had been warned about the treatment of Archie and was told she had to seek medical treatment for him.

She then failed to act on an improvement notice issued to her under the Animal Welfare Act.

Linda Corcoran, housing and enforcement officer for SBC, said: “We tried to engage and educate Sarah Harris but we had no choice but to take Archie away for his own safety due to the general neglect from Sarah Harris and Sam Brewer-Wright.”

An investigation into the couple began when Harris took another dog to the vets, claiming he was a stray and it was revealed he had a flea infestation, was very underweight and later died.

The couple were sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, March 22.

Both were ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, pay a victim surcharge of £60, pay a contribution towards costs of £500 and were disqualified from owning or keeping animals.

Neither Harris nor Brewer-Wright can apply for the ban to be revoked for 10 years.

Councillor Sohail Munawar, commissioner for social and economic inclusion, with a responsibility for enforcement, said: “Every dog has the right to live in a safe, suitable environment.

"Thankfully Archie didn’t suffer any lasting damage and he’s now enjoying lots of love and attention with a new owner.”

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