Neglected dog Blade set for loving new home

Blade with the wonderful Chesterfield RSCPA worker who has cared for him. Picture from Chesterfield RSCPA's Facebook page.
Blade with the wonderful Chesterfield RSCPA worker who has cared for him. Picture from Chesterfield RSCPA's Facebook page.

A dog which endured skin and eye infections because its owners could not afford to pay for veterinary treatment is set for a loving new home.

Dana Levick and John Wishart each admitted causing unnecessary suffering to their nine-year-old English Bull Terrier, Blade, at Chesterfield magistrates’ court earlier this month.

A spokesman for Chesterfield RSPCA – which cared for the animal since it was taken off the couple – said: “Blade came into us with a skin condition which defies description.

“Even now, many months after entering into our care, he still bears the scars of his prior neglect.

“But now Blade has the chance to forget his unfortunate past and focus instead upon his promising future in a loving new home.

“In spite of his history, Blade is a lovely dog – though not necessarily the most intelligent! – who really and truly deserves this chance.

“He’s pictured with the member of staff who gave him the best care he could’ve asked for and it’s brilliant to see her hard work come to such fruition.

“All the best, Blade!”

An RSPCA inspector visited the couple’s home in Woodford Way, Barrow Hill, on April 29, the court heard.

John Sutcliffe, prosecuting for the animal charity, said: “The dog had a severe skin condition.

“It was missing large parts of fur and had visible open sores on its head – it was always scratching itself.

“It had fleas and mites in its coat.

“In addition, the dog had conjunctivitis and an eyelid was curled inwards because of infection.”

The animal was “extremely thin”, Mr Sutcliffe added.

Wishart was threatened with arrest for contempt of court after speaking to his partner while Mr Sutcliffe was giving his evidence.

Robert Sowter, mitigating, said a “lack of money” meant the couple could not afford veterinary treatment for Blade.

Wishart told magistrates: “There were five of us in the house to feed.

“We were struggling.”

He insisted there was always enough food for Blade.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Levick and Wishart will be sentenced on September 16.