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Hemel Hempstead couple disqualified from keeping dogs for five years


Daisy rescue dog

A couple have been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years after pleading guilty to an offence of causing unnecessary suffering to their dog, a West Highland Terrier called Daisy.

Garry and Claire Miller of Knights Orchard, Hemel Hempstead, were sentenced at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 12 May.

Claire Miller was ordered to pay a £120 fine, £34 victim surcharge and £750 costs. Garry Miller was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £100 victim surcharge and £750 costs. Both were disqualified from keeping dogs for five years.

Daisy was found straying in the Hemel Hempstead area on Friday 16 October 2020 and signed over to our Dog Warden. The examining vet said that Daisy was in very poor condition. Her coat was described as greasy and matted, she had dried faeces in her coat and her ears were infected with thick smelly discharge. Both her eyes had significant discharge and she also had an ingrown dewclaw which had grown into her leg causing an infected wound.

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “This case sends out a clear message about how seriously we as a council and the courts take the issue of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. It is never acceptable to neglect an animal and I pay tribute to our Animal Welfare Team who have helped Daisy recover and find a new home for her.”

Our Animal Welfare Officer, Rachel Smith, who investigated the case, said: “Daisy was an older dog who deserved to be cared for her in twilight years. There is support available through local charities and rehoming centres, who can assist owners who may be suffering financially. Daisy’s suffering could easily have been avoided. Following Daisy coming into our care, she has gone on to make a full recovery and has now settled well into her new forever home.”