Dog ban in 'suffering' case

PUBLISHED: 14:35 13 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:37 28 May 2010

AN elderly dog whose flesh was left to rot because her Chatteris owner failed to get veterinary attention had to be put down immediately to end her misery, a court heard. Former professional boxer Winston Laud, 62, of Fairview Crescent, Chatteris, denied

AN elderly dog whose flesh was left to rot because her Chatteris owner failed to get veterinary attention had to be put down immediately to end her misery, a court heard.Former professional boxer Winston Laud, 62, of Fairview Crescent, Chatteris, denied two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to his dog by failing to treat her cancer and ulcers.On Monday, Fenland magistrates found him guilty on both charges, banned him from keeping dogs for five years and told him to pay £500 costs.Vet Alison Collings, who examined Tinker, a 15-year-old cocker spaniel, said: "There was a smell of rotting flesh and ammonia. Faeces were matted in her fur and she sat back on her haunches to take the weight off her ulcerated area."RSPCA Inspector Chris Nice visited Laud's home in March last year, and said: "There was a very strong smell which I can only describe as a flesh infection."Police were called and Tinker was taken into RSPCA custody but had to be put down.Laud, who worked as a farmhand with cattle, horses and dogs for decades, accused the RSPCA of murdering his pet and said she was not suffering.The Bench heard Laud was a professional boxer who fought for England in the Sixties.He said: "Tinker was loved and cherished, in sickness and in health, until death us do part until she was murdered by that RSPCA officer."Laud, a former judge for the British Rabbit Council, said he had treated his dog's ulcers with lotion to fight infection.

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