Heartless couple let helpless dog die in agony then buried it in shallow grave

A heartless couple have been banned from having dogs after a helpless Staffordshire Bull Terrier was found stashed in a homemade grave in Crewe.

Sharon Parry and Mark Louth let their pooch, Mitzy, suffer in agony for up to 96 hours before dumping her dead body in their garden.

The cruel pair pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to their 11-year-old pet when they appeared in court last month.

The court was told that the RSPCA had been sent to investigate after they received a report of over concern about Mitzy.

Inspector Pamela Bird was sent to the couple’s home in June, and told the dog had died three days before, Cheshire Live reported.

Mitzy had no previous illnesses and she was found buried in the back garden, in a grave half covered by a wheelbarrow.

The RSPCA rescuer applied for an exhumation order and returned days later to collect the remains so they could be examined by a vet.

A post mortem later found that Mitzy had died due to an untreated serious condition called pyometra, which is a very serious infection of the womb, causing nausea, pain and collapse.

Parry and Louth admitted in interviews that the helpless dog had been ill in the days leading up to her death.

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They said that two days before she was vomiting and in a collapsed state but they did not take her for veterinary treatment.

A vet who examined Mitzy said she believes the poor pet would have been in pain for at least 30 hours leading up to her death but more likely a period of up to 96 hours.

She said: "It is my opinion that Mitzy was allowed to suffer due to the failure of her owner to present her for veterinary care for the investigation and treatment of a closed pyometra.

"This suffering is characterised by feelings of nausea, abdominal pain, weakness and debilitation leading to collapse and death.

"The duration of this suffering will be a minimum of 30 hours but is more likely to be for a period of 72 to 96 hours."

Pamela said: "There is never any excuse to not take a pet for veterinary treatment and in this case, it was very obvious that Mitzy was in a suffering state for such a long period of time."

At the hearing, magistrates banned the couple from keeping dogs for three years.

They were also given a two-year conditional discharge and were ordered to pay costs of £250 each and a £25 victim surcharge each.

A seizure order was also made in respect of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy in their possession who will now be found a new home by the RSPCA.

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