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Boo Boo the shih-tzu destroyed after being mistreated
CIVIC chiefs have pledged to clamp down on animal cruelty after a married couple were prosecuted for mistreating a dog that had to be put down.
David Townsend, 40, and Louise Townsend, 36, from Bishop’s Waltham have been fined and banned from keeping animals for five years.
Council staff were initially called to their home in Battery Hill last July following complaints about dogs barking.
Animal welfare officer Emily Bowen and colleague Sandi Goldman discovered a female adult shih-tzu dog named Boo Boo left in a wire crate for long periods and covered in her own waste.
Her eye had been removed due to a dog attack a few years earlier, but the wound had not been cleaned, looked after or checked by a vet.
Vets decided it was in Boo Boo’s best interests that she be put to sleep.
The Townsends admitted a range of offences including; causing unnecessary suffering to their dog; failing to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury and disease; and failing to provide suitable accommodation.
Fareham Magistrates’ Court fined the couple £1,000 each and disqualified them from keeping animals for five years.