Heartbreak as severely neglected dog found staggering in street had to be put down

A severely neglected Shih Tzu , which was found staggering along a street in an horrendous state, had to be put down as an act of kindess.

Little Skye had a burst abscess in her mouth, rotting teeth, matted fur, a flea infestation and was severely underweight when she was spotted.

She also had a golf ball sized tumour in her abdomen, which turned out to be non-malignant.

Her owner Michael Ivan Timms, 55, has now been sentenced to 20 weeks’ jail suspended for 24 months and banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Skye was severely neglected and had to be put to sleep
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RSPCA inspector Laura Jones said: “Skye was spotted staggering in Skegness on Sunday, March 19.

“I got the call and rushed her to the vets.

“I so hoped they would be able to save her, but she was very, very poorly and suffering so much pain that the vet decided the kindest thing to do was the put her to sleep on welfare grounds.

“She was in a horrendous state.

“Despite all she was enduring she was adorable and sweet natured.

“It was absolutely heartbreaking.”

Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that Skye had been missing from home for just over two weeks after being let out into the garden.

Timms had been aware of a problem with her skin and her mouth and a vet had called out to see her out to her some time in 2016 because she had been in pain, but no records were found of this.

The RSPCA inspector said Skye was in an horrendous state
(Image: LIN/Men Media)

Inspector Jones said: “He said she yelped when she tried to eat, and he had been feeding her softer food for a while, which made her yelp less.

“He said that he had been cleaning her mouth, which smelled bad, until she stopped letting him near it, but said she had been coping.

“He had been bathing her in flea shampoo but had none left to show me.

“There was a vet less than half a mile from Timms’ house.

“Things could have been so different if he’d just got treatment for her.”

Timms, who appeared in court after being arrested on a warrant, was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £115 victim surcharge.

He was previously found guilty in his absence of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Skye between November 2016 and March 2017.

In mitigation, the court heard that Timms was suffering health problems.

As part of the sentence, the court deprived Timms of four budgies in his care.



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