Animal Cruelty: Shocking images inside ‘HOUSE OF HORROR’ show dog living in own faeces

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Animal Cruelty: Shocking images inside ‘HOUSE OF HORROR’ show dog living in own faeces

RSPCA inspector Fischer found a terrified Poppy hiding under a bed when she visited the property in Fairfield on July 14.

The inspector arrived to “extremely dirty conditions” to find Poppy’s fur matted together and crawling with maggots.

Yesterday the dogs cruel owners Maureen Payne, 60, and her son Robert Payne, 38, were indefinitely banned from keeping any animal in a hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court.

Peter Mitchell, prosecuting, said: "Inspector Fischer found extremely dirty conditions in the house. Dog faeces was smeared across the floor in several rooms.

"The dog bed was full of faeces and the dog had urinated around the place."

The pair left the poor animal in such poor conditions that vets at Greater Manchester Animal Hospital had no option but put her down in July.

Along with the awful living conditions Poppy was also blind and suffered from a condition called "dry eye" she also had sore and infected skin.

Upon arrival inspectors were shocked to find Poppy weighing 13.5kg, which is classified as severely obese for its breed.

Paul Potter, defending, said Ms Payne is "bad on her feet" and has limited mobility, which meant she could not walk Poppy.

The dog had been in the family for several years and was given to them by Ms Payne's mother, who died in 2016.

It had also emerged that Ms Payne claimed to have a vet appointment booked for July 20 but this turned out to be a lie once it was established there was no appointment booked.

Mr and Ms Payne were disqualified from keeping any animal for an indefinite period, with a minimum term of five years before they could appeal this order.

The mother and son were also handed a four week curfew, reduced from six weeks on account of the pair entering guilty pleas at the first available opportunity.

They were also ordered to jointly pay costs of £586.

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