A pet owner who tried to treat one dog’s cancer with paracetamol and another’s severe skin condition with eczema cream because he refused to take them to the vet has been jailed.
Boxer dog Ivy and bull mastiff Molly had been among three dogs and two cats living in Peter Robinson’s household but suffered when he was fired from his job as a Yodel delivery driver.
When the pair were both struck down by serious illness Robinson, 46, ignored pleas to have them checked over by the vet – and instead administered then with household medication regularly used on humans.
Molly had a severe skin condition yet father of one Robinson treated it with his daughter’s eczema cream whilst Ivy was left barely able to walk after her cancer was treated with household paracetamol.
RSPCA officers rescued the severely emaciated animals after Robinson’s daughter claimed she had seen Ivy kicked in the stomach and dragged outside into the back garden after she soiled the kitchen floor.
Last March’s rescue was too late for Ivy who was left in so much pain from a cancerous tumour on her spleen, she had to be put to sleep. Molly recovered from her ordeal and is currently in the care of the RSPCA.
Details emerged at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, where Robinson, of Oldham was jailed for 14 months for animal cruelty offences and being breach of a suspended jail term imposed for dangerous driving.
His partner who was not named is due to appear in court charged with similar animal welfare matters.
Robinson’s troubles began after he was banned from driving for three years and was sacked from his job with courier company Yodel for falling asleep at the wheel of his vehicle during a delivery.
Prosecutor Mark Harper said: “On 15th March this year a police officer attended the defendant’s home after his daughter had complained that he had kicked the family dog and dragged her outside after she had urinated on the floor.”
“When the officer arrived he was shocked to discover the boxer dog was in extremely thin condition. It didn’t lift its head off the sofa. It struggled walking and didn’t respond to him being there.”
“He learned that Ivy was diagnosed with stomach cancer six months prior and the defendant told him her state had deteriorated rapidly. Vets had told the defendant that she needed to be put down because if the pain she was in, but he refused to do so.”
“Instead he and his partner gave her co-codamol. Eight-year-old Molly, the mastiff, also appeared to be thin. She also had red skin and open sores along her back and part of her tail. The pair had been putting their daughters eczema cream her to help.”
“The RSPCA were contacted and both dogs were taken away from the house. Ivy was put to sleep. Medical treatment at this stage would not have been successful. When they went to the vets with her, they gave false names as they didn’t have the money to pay for her to be put to sleep. Molly is still in the care of the RSPCA.”
Inquiries revealed Robinson should have completed 160 hours unpaid work following his dangerous driving offence but had only completed 16.
His lawyer, Graham Rishton, said: “He was a Yodel delivery driver. He fell asleep at the wheel and smashed into some parked cars and was charged with dangerous driving. As a result of this he received 16 months custody suspended for two years.
“He received a driving ban for three years, lost his employment and could not afford to pay for things such at veterinary bills. Money was tight in the Robinson household and this is a miserable set of circumstances.”
“He would like to regain ownership of Molly. She was a rescue dog and has always suffered with skin conditions such as these. He has another dog and two cats, which are all extremely well cared for. All of the animals are well cared for until something goes wrong.”
“I would ask you to give him one more chance. He would really like his dog to come home to the family.”
But Judge Angela Nield refused to allow Molly to return to Robinson’s home – although she allowed him to keep his other pets.
Sentencing Judge Nield said: “You already own one terrier and two cats and I don’t believe it is acceptable to send Molly back to you given your current financial situation.”
“You did not take the advice from experienced vets who explained to you that it would be best to put Ivy down due to the amount of pain she was in. You did not treat Molly’s skin condition correctly, by putting human treatments on her skin, this could have made things worse.”
“She has a significant health condition and you refused to take responsibility for that.”
“On the pictures provided you can see she has visible, sore lesions on her spine and tail, and over grown toe nails. This is an appearance of neglect.”