May 2021

Women convicted of child cruelty offences

A sick family dog was left to die alone barricaded in the downstairs toilet because the owner failed to get medical help.
Dolci, a 15-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was found dead in squalid conditions by RSPCA inspectors at a house in Dawlish.
The owner, Louise Cleave, 39, said she had left the dog in the toilet when it grew weak and was too scared to look if she was dead.
She told inspectors she could not afford a vet
Cleave admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by failing to give Dolci proper veterinary care
She was banned from owning animals for the rest of her life
The dog was found to have been suffering with a range of illnesses, including a long-standing skin condition and kidney disease but most seriously pyometra, a fatal infection of the womb
Prosecutor said RSPCA inspectors went to Cleave’s address in January after a report of concerns over treatment of a dog.
Cleave told them Dolci had been unwell for a while but she could not afford treatment
A cabinet had been placed against the door along with a stack of laminated floor strips
The inspectors found Dolci lying on her side in her bed. She was dead
Vets concluded Dolci was left to die of septicaemia, septic shock and kidney failure and would have suffered mental anguish being locked up her for several days
A post-mortem revealed she was in poor condition with her spine, ribs, and hip bones sticking out, her skeletal muscle was reduced. There was a reduced layer of fat under her skin, she weighed just 10kg
Her kidneys showed signs of disease and the pyometra caused a foul smelling liquid to form that was unable to drain away. Vets said the amount of infected liquid – two litres – was ‘astonishing’.
She was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months and told to do 20 days of rehabilitation work with probation.
Cleave must also pay £528 costs.

Cleave was also told she can not appeal her lifetime disqualification from keeping or caring for any animal for 10 years.