Bromsgrove man ignored lifetime ban on keeping animals

CUSTODIAL SENTENCE: Derek Monkton, who ignored a lifetime ban on keeping animals and allowed his pet greyhound's teeth to rot, was given a 12-week custodial sentence. SP

NEW HOME: Monkton's grey and white greyhound Gypsy, whose teeth were not salvageable, has now been rehomed. SP

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A SIDEMOOR man who ignored a lifetime ban on keeping animals and allowed his pet greyhound's teeth to rot has received a 12-week custodial sentence.

Derek Monkton, 59, of Broad Street, was given a lifetime disqualification on keeping animals in May 2005.

But during a two day trial at Redditch Magistrates Court he was found guilty of breaching the ban by keeping five rabbits and two greyhounds at his home.

Monkton was also found guilty of failing to explore and address the causes of his greyhound's dental disease.

The court heard how the animals were discovered after they were rescued by firefighters tackling a house fire at the Sidemoor property in February 2013. 

After the rescue the animals were taken to a nearby vets.

The grey and white greyhound, named Gypsy, was examined by the vet who discovered the tartar build up on her teeth was so bad it was 5mm thick in some places.

As well as the custodial sentence, which was suspended for two years, Monkton was also ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and was again disqualified from keeping animals under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.

Speaking after the case RSPCA inspector Adrian Langley said: ”He failed to get treatment for Gypsy’s teeth and it caused her pain and suffering.

"Sadly all of Gypsy’s teeth had deteriorated so badly due to the thick build-up of tartar they were not salvageable and had to be removed by the vet.

“Thankfully Gypsy has now been rehomed and is thriving with her new family.

“We are pleased with the result at court especially as this man was a repeat offender.

"People who receive a lifetime ban and ignore it do so at their peril."

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9:40pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Zoon_Politikon says...

How did Monkton come to have the greyhound? Was the dog homed by some individual or a rescue? Sadly many greyhounds are given away by their trainer/owner without any regard for the animals’ future welfare and security. Many are passed from pillar to post and ill-treated. The scandal is covered in a new book: Behind the Lights, the Tote and the Non-starters.
How did Monkton come to have the greyhound? Was the dog homed by some individual or a rescue? Sadly many greyhounds are given away by their trainer/owner without any regard for the animals’ future welfare and security. Many are passed from pillar to post and ill-treated. The scandal is covered in a new book: Behind the Lights, the Tote and the Non-starters. Zoon_Politikon
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9:45pm Mon 14 Apr 14

nantgarw says...

Went to see this pathetic specimen and animal cruelty expert in a preliminary court appearance in Redditch. Have never seen such a lily livered, inadequate individual who cannot look after himself, let alone animals. Why was his sentence suspended. He is laughing at all of us and will probably never pay the fine. Should have got 10 years and we could have thrown the key away. Horrible scumbag. When he comes out, the RSPCA should visit his house weekly to check on him.
Went to see this pathetic specimen and animal cruelty expert in a preliminary court appearance in Redditch. Have never seen such a lily livered, inadequate individual who cannot look after himself, let alone animals. Why was his sentence suspended. He is laughing at all of us and will probably never pay the fine. Should have got 10 years and we could have thrown the key away. Horrible scumbag. When he comes out, the RSPCA should visit his house weekly to check on him. nantgarw
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