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East Ilsley woman banned from keeping animals after neglect

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Two-year old dog Chi Chi almost had to have eyes removed

This pitiful image shows the terrible suffering inflicted on a neglected pet.

The two-year-old bichon frise bitch named Chi Chi was found with matted fur, a chronic ear infection and ulcerated eyes.

A vet said that, if left untreated, her eyes would probably have needed removing.

On Thursday, November 5, her 20-year-old owner, Agnieszka Bozena Jablonska, of Downside, East Ilsley, wept as she was banned from keeping any animal for 10 years.

Newbury magistrates recoiled as they were shown the graphic images of the dog’s suffering.

At a previous hearing Tanwyn James, prosecuting, said a member of the public found Chi Chi wandering the streets looking “subdued and depressed”.

She was taken to the Donnington Grove Veterinary Group in Newbury where her infections were treated but significant suffering could have been avoided if she had been taken earlier, said Ms James.

A vet said the ulcers on Chi Chi’s corneas were so bad they could have led to the removal of both eyes.

The court heard that the RSPCA subsequently traced Ms Jablonska, who, according to Ms James, claimed that she had been intending to take the dog to the vet, but at that stage she didn’t have an appointment. Ms Jablonska said that she had bought some ear medication off the internet.

Ms Jablonska admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to her pet.

Adonis Daniel, defending, said his client had owned Chi Chi since July 2013 and had been visiting her native Poland for a few days when the dog was found.

She had returned just under 48 hours before the dog had been found and taken to the vet.

“She hadn’t taken it sooner because of her children,” said Mr Daniel.

“It isn’t as though she simply ignored an animal she loved and adored because, even though it smelt bad, she didn’t kick it out. She kept it in her bedroom.”

As well as banning her from keeping animals, magistrates made Ms Jablonska subject to a 12-month community order with 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

She was also ordered to pay £660 costs, a £150 criminal courts charge and a £60 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA deputy chief inspector Sharon Chrisp said that Chi Chi had since been rehomed.

She added: “This was a really sad and unfortunate case where poor Chi Chi suffered immensely as a result.

“She is now making a brilliant recovery, however, and we think she has a much brighter future ahead.”

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