A KINGSHURST trio who neglected their family pet have been given suspended sentences and banned from owning dogs for ten years
Clifford Greaves, 56, his wife Patricia, 52, and their son Gavin, 26, had pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Sarba - their seven-year-old German Shepherd.
Through neglect, the animal had developed an ear infection and an incurable skin disease.
Appearing at Birmingham Magistrates’s Court on Monday, the defendants were each given a three-month suspended sentence.
Clifford was also slapped with a 12-month supervision order, while his wife and son were ordered to do 100 hours community service. They were also fined £1,025 each.
District Judge Shmim Quereshi ordered that Sarba be handed to the RSPCA. Sadly the animal is too aggressive to be rehoused and will have to be put down.
The prosecution had been brought against the Greaves family following an investigation by the RSPCA.
In spring this year, one of the charity’s inspectors visited the defendants’ Cooks Lane home and saw the appalling state that the dog was in.
Sarba was found to have overgrown nails and missing fur. There was also an overwhelming stench which was a symptom of the incurable mange that the dog had developed.