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Animal Ban for Mother and Son From Whitby

Animal Ban for Mother and Son From Whitby

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:52am 20th March 2020. (Updated at 6:53am 20th March 2020)

A mother and son from Whitby have been disqualified from keeping animals for ten years, after pleading guilty to two offences relating to their akita 'Tigerlily'.

59 year-old Lesley Cameron and Alexander Cameron, who's 31, both of Greens Yard, Church Street, appeared before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

They pleaded guilty to two offences* under the Animal Welfare Act relating to Tigerlily, who was suffering with a pyometra, a uterus infection.

RSPCA inspector, Claire Little, said:

“On Thursday 28th November, I met with officers from North Yorkshire Police to check on Tigerlily, after concerns were raised that she had a pyometra but had missed her last three vet appointments.

I’ve met Tigerlily many times over many years and she’s a very friendly dog who has always come to the door to meet me.

Upon entering the room where Tigerlily was lying on the floor, there was a noticeable and unpleasant smell, and she didn’t get up which worried me.

I encouraged her to stand up so I could check her over, which she did, and she had lost weight from my last visit. Immediately I could see that the fur around her back end was wet and dirty. As she stood up I could smell the unpleasant smell more strongly and upon closer examination, I saw a greeny milky coloured discharge from her vulva. The fur around there was soaked and appeared sticky when touched and her fur was matted.

Ms Cameron allowed me to take Tigerlily to the vets for examination and she was taken into possession by police on vet advice and placed in RSPCA care pending the outcome of my investigation.” 

In addition to the disqualification, a deprivation order was placed on Tigerlily who’s care will now pass to the RSPCA.

Alexander Cameron was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order, with 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and 140 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £200 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge. 

Lesley Cameron was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order, with 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days. She too was ordered to pay £200 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge. 

Inspector Little said:

“Tigerlily is doing really well with a foster family at the moment I am really happy that we’ll now be able to find a permanent home for her, where her needs will always be met.”

*The full offences pleaded guilty to are:


1. That between 18th November 2019 and 28th November 2019 at an address on Greens Yard, Church Street, Whitby, you did cause unnecessary suffering to a certain animal namely an Akita type bitch known as Tigerlily, by failing to provide a continuation of veterinary care in respect of the dog’s pyometra 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, Subsection 1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.


2. That on and before 28th November 2019 at an address on Greens Yard, Church, Street, Whitby, you did not take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal namely an Akita type bitch known as Tigerlily for which you were responsible were met to the extent required by good practice in that you did not protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease, contrary to Section 9, Subsection 1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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