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Essex woman banned from keeping dogs after they were found in “horrendous condition” 

25 Oct Essex woman banned from keeping dogs after they were found in “horrendous condition” 

A woman who caused two American Bulldogs to suffer after leaving them unattended in a Barry property has been banned from keeping dogs.

Sophie Tooms, 24, was investigated by the RSPCA, after members of the public had spotted two malnourished dogs in a house on Daniel Street in the Vale of Glamorgan town.

Kia, a predominantly white dog, was found in a skeletal-like state, with bones clearly visible and protruding sharply against her skin. Rocky, too, was extremely emaciated, with his entire bone structure visible, long nails, and a stained coat.

An investigating RSPCA inspector said the “horrendous condition” the dogs were found in was testimony to the lack of care they had been given. They were found in “filthy” conditions, with faeces across the floor, and household furniture chewed by the dogs.

Ms Tooms, of Chadwell, Essex, had originally been summoned to appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, but proceedings were moved to Barkingside, nearer her home. She was sentenced on 17 October, having pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences – including one related to causing the dogs to suffer unnecessarily, and two concerning a failure to meet their duty of care.

She was disqualified for keeping dogs for four years, given a 12-month community order with a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and ordered to do 80-hours unpaid work. In addition, she was told to pay £300 in costs, and a £85 victim surcharge.