Posted: Wed 13th Apr 2016

Llanelli Man And Woman Banned From Keeping Animals For 10 Years

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016

A Llanelli man and woman have been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years after they failed to ensure that the needs of their pets were met. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Natalie Alker (23/10/1969) and Steve Alker (14/02/1964) both of Waterloo Street, Llanelli, pleaded guilty at Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Natalie Alker faced three animal welfare offences that at Maes Y Deri, Pontyberem, she did not take steps to ensure that the needs of her dog, five cats and a hamster were met in that she failed to ensure the animals were provided with a suitable environment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Steve Alker faced the same offences, including two others, that were he did not ensure that the needs of a snake were met, by failing ensure the animal was provided with adequate heating and that he caused unnecessary suffering by failing to address the causes of the snake’s poor condition. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “These poor animals were living in an environment that was completely unsuitable for them. The conditions inside the properly were appalling and there were months worth of faeces in every room. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We always urge potential owners to thoroughly research what is required in the care of the exotic animal before taking one on, as owners need to make sure they can give their animal the environment required.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The District Judge at Llanelli Magistrates Court on 7 April (following an adjournment at Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court) gave the couple the same sentence of 12 months community order with 70 hours of unpaid work. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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The couple were disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years and were each ordered to pay £300 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The animals involved are to be rehomed. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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