Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Bristol couple tagged after starving two pet rabbits to death

A COUPLE have been tagged and banned by a court from leaving their house after 8pm each night after their two pet rabbits starved to death.
Bristol Evening Post
James and Patricia Gallagher, of Rudgleigh Avenue in Pill, were prosecuted by the RSPCA after one of the charity's inspectors discovered the dead animals, along with a third rabbit which had managed to survive.

They were being kept in filthy hutches in the couple's back garden, which had no food or water in them.

Mr Gallagher, 28, and Mrs Gallagher, 32, pleaded guilty to three charges of animal neglect each – admitting that they failed to provide the animals with a suitable diet, suitable environment to live in, and did not protect them from pain, injury, suffering or disease.

Because the RSPCA inspector found they had cared well for their pet cat and dog, they were not banned completely from keeping pets in the future, but were told they could not have any more rabbits.

They were ordered to pay £260 towards costs and each given a 16-week tagged curfew between 8pm and 6am.


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