Newham

Irresponsible dog owner banned from owning pets for ten years

22 August 2016 in Community safety
A dog owner who allowed her pet to suffer with an infection for up to ten days before it died has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from owning animals for ten years.
Charlene St Louis, 30, of Grangewood Street, Upton Park, was sentenced at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 July after the pitbull terrier she owned, a banned dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, attacked and fatally wounded another pet, five-year-old Nia in October 2015. 

St Louis pleaded guilty to two counts under the Animal Welfare Act 2006; causing an animal unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the animal’s welfare as well as owning a dangerous dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. 

The court heard how Newham Council’s animal welfare officers were alerted to the case last October after Nia’s body was taken to a charity veterinary surgery to be disposed of. 

Staff at the surgery were horrified by the extent of the injuries found on the pet’s body, which included large holes in folds of skin by the dog’s legs where bites had become infected, and alerted animal welfare officers.  

Their investigations discovered that Nia had been attacked by a five-year-old pitbull terrier, known as Nikolei also owned by St Louis, twice over the previous ten days. St Louis had failed to seek medical attention for Nia which led to her injuries becoming infected. The dog eventually died after having suffered extensive internal bleeding, blood loss and blood poisoning.

St Louis was sentenced by magistrates to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for a year and she was disqualified from owning or keeping animals for ten years. She was also ordered to pay costs of £2,400 and a victim surcharge of £155. 

Councillor Forhad Hussain, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “This was a really distressing case for our staff to witness. Nia had suffered needlessly for days on end, her flesh had even begun to rot, all because St Louis had failed to get her medical attention. 

“Ultimately this poor animal suffered what must have been excruciating pain because her owner was irresponsible. At least now she is banned from owning any other animals and has the threat of a jail term hanging over her head. I hope she reflects on her actions and that this sentence acts as a deterrent to others who are too selfish to consider their pets’ welfare.”

The pit bull terrier Nikolei was seized by the animal welfare team and euthanised under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.​