Great Yarmouth couple fined after dog chews its own paw off

PUBLISHED: 12:47 04 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:34 04 June 2014

The couple appeared at court this week. Photo: Bill Smith

The couple appeared at court this week. Photo: Bill Smith

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A Great Yarmouth couple have been fined more than £800 after their dog was found in such a state of neglect that it had to be put down.

The 13-year-old brindle mastiff, Jessie, had been taken to a vet who discovered the pet had chewed off its own paw due to untreated neurological problems.

Her owners Tony O’Neil, 55, of Middle Road, and Donna Lynch, 44, of Nelson Road Central, were sentenced this week after previously being found guilty of failing to provide adequate veterinary care and attention for tissue damage to Jessie’s hind left foot and failing to protect her from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

O’Neil was fined £625 with a £63 surcharge, Lynch was fined £260 with a £26 surcharge, and both were made to each pay £500 towards costs when they appeared at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

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