A heartless pet owner who left her dog to die in a downstairs’ toilet with a wound to his neck and infected genitals has walked free from court with a suspended prison sentence.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday how Sarah Stredwick, 64, of Middlecroft Road, Staveley, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier called Allie and one count of failing to provide a suitable living environment.
Prosecuting solicitor Brian Orsborn. who represented the RSPCA, said the dog was admitted to a vet’s by Stredwick in November, last year, with a swollen prolapsed penis and when the defendant could not pay she was given advice by the RSPCA on how to get help.
But Mr Orsborn added: “An RSPCA investigator visited this defendant on Christmas Eve. The officer was led to a room and the dog was lying dead on a filthy floor in a downstairs’ toilet. Stredwick said she didn’t know the dog had died and said she had checked it the night before.”
The court heard how the dog’s bed was splattered with blood and soaked in urine and there was bread and vegetables but there had been no attempt to eat and there were faeces.
Mr Orsborn added: “The dog had been in a lot of pain and its body condition was emaciated.”
Allie had suffered a neck wound after a funnel collar had been removed, according to Mr Orsborn, and the dog had been allowed to chew on its genitals which became badly infected. The probation service said Stredwick could not afford vet bills and had been upset.
Felicity Clarke, defending, said: “She had tried some home remedies but the crux of the matter is that she didn’t seek medical care. She said there was a financial reason because she owed money to the veterinary clinic.”
Ms Clarke added Stredwick thought the PDSA charity only helped with new matters and despite being given papers from the RSPCA with advice she could not find them.
The court heard how Stredwick, whose husband died two years ago, is also a carer for her 13-year-old granddaughter.
Magistrates sentenced Stredwick to an eight-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months for the offences committed between December 10 and 24. She was given 120 hours’ unpaid work, ordered to pay £250 costs and an £80 victim surcharge and was banned from keeping animals for five years.