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By Beth Sharp Wednesday 09 April 2014 Updated: 12/04 14:16
THE RSPCA has welcomed the sentence handed out to a Bromsgrove man who was convicted of two animal welfare charges.
Derek Thomas Monkton, of Broad Street, was found guilty of breaching an animal disqualification order and for failing to ensure the welfare of a dog he was responsible for at Redditch Magistrates Court.
The 69-year-old was convicted of having two greyhounds between January 29, 2013, and February 26, 2013, despite being disqualified from owning animals for life back in 2005.
The second charge was for failing to take the necessary steps to explore, address and protect a greyhound, called Gypsy, from the pain caused from dental disease, between January 29, 2013 and February 26, 2013.
RSPCA inspector Adrian Langley said: "He failed to get treatment for Gypsy’s teeth and it caused her pain and suffering.
"Sadly all of Gypsy’s teeth had deteriorated so badly due to the thick build-up of tartar they were not salvageable and had to be removed by the vet.
"Thankfully Gypsy has now been rehomed and is thriving with her new family."
Monkton was banned from owning any domestic animals, horses and ponies for life and was handed two 12-week suspended sentences, for each charge, which will run concurrently for the next two years.
He was also ordered to pay £2,090.
"We are pleased with the result at court especially as this man was a repeat offender.
"People who receive a lifetime ban and ignore it do so at their peril," added Mr Langley.
Following the verdict, Mr Monkton claimed he was allowed to own animals up until March 26, the day of the case, because he had a resident keeper for the animals living with him.
He said the greyhound was 14 years old and claimed he had not taken the dog to the vets because she was still eating solid food, not suffering and would need been anaethetised in order to have her teeth treated and at her age it was too much of a risk.
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