Norwich woman whose dog was discovered in an emaciated state could be banned from keeping animals
PUBLISHED: 15:18 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 20:00 13 September 2017
A mother has been found guilty of animal cruelty after passing on responsibility of her “emaciated” dog to her teenage daughter for a month.
Maria Preciado, 35, of Drayton Road, Norwich, was found guilty of three separate charges brought about by the RSPCA at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 13.
She was not present for the hearing but prosecutor Jonathan Eales said the female Yorkshire terrier called Cleo was discovered on March 29 “undernourished”, “emaciated” and suffering with matted fur and conjunctivitis.
He said Preciado was visiting Ecuador when the pet was discovered in that state.
The three magistrates found the defendant guilty, in her absence, of three separate animal cruelty charges based on prosecution evidence.
These included causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal as well as failing to meet its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease by failing to provide proper and necessary coat and vet care between February 28 and March 28.
Mr Eales said the dog was taken to the vet by two men who saw the animal and were “appalled” by its condition. They entered the property through a window.
Cleo, who is being rehomed, needed to be sedated, her coat had to be chopped off and she had to receive antibiotic eye ointment.
The court heard vet Andrew Illing believed the conjunctivitis would have started to develop before Preciado went to Ecuador.
Mr Eales said: “During an interview, she [Preciado] said her 13-year-old daughter wanted to be responsible for her dog for the first time, under her ex-husband’s supervision.
“When she left, she said Cleo’s hair was a bit matted but it was cold and she was going to trim her when she came back. She said there was no problem in her eyes.”
The prosecutor added there was “an element of submission” during Preciado’s interview but she partly blamed her ex-husband.
She said: “I now realise I maybe in the wrong. I’m very sorry this happened to Cleo.”
A warrant for Preciado to appear for her sentencing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on November 16 on bail was issued by chairman of the bench Paul Kidd.
Preciado may be banned from keeping animals.