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Bridlington Man Sentenced For Leaving His Dog To Suffer

Bridlington Man Sentenced For Leaving His Dog To Suffer

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:49am 7th October 2019.

A Bridlington man has been disqualified from keeping animals after his dog was left to suffer with a ‘chronic’ skin and ear infection without veterinary treatment.

Dale Anthony Oldfield, 28, of Windsor Crescent, appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (2nd October) for sentencing.

On August 14th he was convicted in absence of two offences under the Animal Welfare Act related to his American bulldog, Taegan.

Those were:-

  1. Between 8 February 2019 and 8 May 2019 at Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, caused unnecessary suffering to a white American Bulldog type bitch known as ‘Taegan’ by failing to provide professional veterinary care in respect of the dog’s skin disease and ear infection, and you knew or ought reasonably to have known that your failure to act would have that effect or be likely to do so, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006;
  2. On or about 8 May 2019 at Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, failed to meet the needs of a white American Bulldog type bitch known as ‘Taegan’ for which you were responsible by failing to provide the animal with a suitable environment, contrary to Section 9(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

RSPCA Inspector Claire Mitchell, who led the investigation, said:

“Mr Oldfield was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Taegan by failing to provide veterinary treatment for the chronic skin disease and ear infection she was suffering from, and for keeping her in unsuitable conditions.

Mr Oldfield told the court that he loved his dog and he’d done the best he could but didn’t have the money for veterinary treatment.

We discovered Taegan had been to the vet one year before and he’d been told she needed treatment but he didn’t take any action.

Having a pet is extremely expensive and people need to consider whether they can afford the associated costs before taking one on.

We appreciate that people’s circumstances can change and families can find themselves struggling financially but we would always encourage people to ask for help instead of leaving a pet in pain.”

Oldfield was given a 12-month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work.

Inspector Mitchell added:

“The judge accepted that Taegan had suffered immensely. She relied on Mr Oldfield and he let her down by failing to get her the help she needed.”

Taegan was seized by police on 8 May after the RSPCA found her in a poor condition and she was taken to an independent vet for treatment.

Unfortunately Taegan later developed mammary tumours and her health deteriorated so vets made the difficult decision to put her to sleep.  

Oldfield was also disqualified from keeping animals indefinitely and ordered to pay costs of £350 and an £85 victim surcharge.


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