Sunderland couple banned from owning pets after dog’s ‘unimaginable suffering’

Bronson the puppy.''Donna Krager, age 32, and Anthony Rickatson, 22, of Fourth Street, Blackhall Colliery, admitted causing him unnecessary suffering.
Bronson the puppy.''Donna Krager, age 32, and Anthony Rickatson, 22, of Fourth Street, Blackhall Colliery, admitted causing him unnecessary suffering.
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TWO people have been banned from keeping pets for three years after they allowed a dog they were supposed to be caring for to go through “unimaginable suffering”.

Lyndsey Anne Krager and Karl Armstrong were asked to care for lurcher puppy Bronson by Krager’s sister Donna in July this year.

The dog had a broken right foreleg after he was hit by a car some time previously.

That injury had been made even worse when it was dropped on the ground while being carried over a fence by Donna Krager’s children, leaving it dislocated and at a 45° angle.

Donna Krager had asked her sister to take the animal for treatment on the injury.

However, several days had passed with neither Lyndsey Anne, 30, or Armstrong, 21, taking the dog to a vet or PDSA facility for treatment.

RSPCA inspector Helen Scott visited a house in Toward Street where Lyndsey Krager was with her two dogs and Bronson. At a hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, Judith Curry, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “It will have been evident to anyone responsible for Bronson’s care that treatment should have been set for the limb. Because of this he will have been caused to suffer.”

Joanne Gatens, defending Lyndsey Anne Krager and Armstrong, who pleaded guilty to failing to protect an animal from pain, suffering and injury, said: “The defendants did not have a single penny to their name at that point. Fortunately, the RSPCA attended and the dog has since been treated.

“They have two dogs who they own and care for properly. They took on this dog because they were trying to do the right thing.”

Lyndsey Anne Krager and Armstrong, both of Canon Cockin Street, in Hendon, were disqualified from keeping animals for a total of three years. Both defendants were fined £110, ordered to pay £230 court costs and a £20 surcharge. They have also been ordered to re-home the two dogs they own within the next week.

Chairman of the bench Hilary Malick said: “I don’t think any vet would have turned that dog away if you had taken it in.”

At a hearing earlier this month, Donna Krager, 32, and her partner Anthony Rickatson, 22, both of Fourth Street, Blackhall Colliery, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Bronson between April 9 and July 9, under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

The couple were given six-month community orders with supervision and were told to pay a total of £800 in fines, victim surcharge and costs.

They were disqualified from keeping animals for five years and will not be able to appeal the ban for four years. As a result they will lose the family cat.

Bronson has been re-homed and has made a good recovery after surgery on his right foreleg.