Yvonne Williams, 50, has been banned from owning animals until 2027 after her three-year-old Mastiff cross Aria had to be put to sleep after the ‘worst infection’ a vet had ever seen
A cruel owner has been banned from owning animals for five years after a dog she was supposed to be caring for was left suffering for months.
Yvonne Williams, 50, pleaded guilty to failing to provide veterinary treatment or pain relief for her pet, who has had to be put down, the Daily Record reports.
Mastiff cross Aria, aged three, was rushed to receive treatment after an animal welfare noticed she was visibly distressed and constantly clawing and scratching at both ears.
Vets described the animal’s ear condition as the worst they had ever encountered.
The woman left the dog’s left ear swollen, solid to the touch, and completely blocked with thickened skin.
But due to the severity of the condition and the irreversible damage to her ear canals, she was put to sleep.
Williams pleaded guilty to a further charge of failing to protect her two cats, Ginger and Bandit, from suffering, injury and disease, at Airdrie Sheriff Court on March 29.
She was handed the ban and a two-year community payback order following a Scottish SPCA investigation.
The SSPCA received a number of complaints regarding animals kept by Williams, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, dating back to 2017.
In 2019 they took one of her dogs into their care as she could not cope, and Williams was advised not to take on any more animals.
But when officers returned to her home in 2020 they were immediately concerned for Aria’s welfare as she was obviously suffering from a painful ear condition.
At a most recent visit in 2021 it was confirmed Aria was again suffering with her ears, and Williams had not taken her to the vets since March 2020.
Scottish SPCA chief inspector, John Chisholm, said: “On 31 March 2021, we attended Williams’ property in response to a complaint of dog neglect made to our helpline.
“It was reported that Aria had a swollen, bleeding ear and had not received any veterinary treatment.
“Further concerns were raised about the living conditions within the property and that a number of cats had fleas.
“We have received a number of complaints regarding animals at the property, dating back to 2017. Advice and subsequent follow up visits have been given to Williams over the last four years.
“In 2019 we agreed to take one of her dogs in to our care as she could not cope with two big dogs. Williams was strongly advised not to take on any more animals.
“When we visited the property in 2020 we were immediately concerned for Aria’s welfare as she was obviously suffering from a painful ear condition.
“Williams was issued an animal welfare notice to take Aria for vet treatment with which she complied. She was also advised to follow all veterinary treatment plans to which she agreed.
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“At the most recent visit it was confirmed that Aria was again suffering with her ears, and Williams had not taken her to the vets since March 2020. Aria was visibly distressed and constantly clawing and scratching at both ears.
“Her left ear in particular was swollen and solid to the touch. The inside of the ear appeared to be completely blocked with thickened skin.
“Aria was taken for immediate veterinary attention. The vet described her condition as the worst ear condition they had seen in their career, confirming that Aria had experienced prolonged unnecessary suffering over a number of months.
“Due to the severity of Aria’s ear condition and the irreversible nature of the damage to her ear canals, she was put to sleep on veterinary advice to end her suffering.
“Williams was uncooperative in relation to her cats and it became apparent that she now had four cats, despite being advised not to take on any more animals.
“Williams eventually agreed to hand over her cats for examination, but would not allow entry into the property to inspect living conditions.
“Ginger and Bandit were taken to one of our centers and both were found to be suffering from heavy flea infestations and needed dental surgery to fix dental disease and inflamed gums. Both cats were also underweight.
“They have now received the treatment they need, but have remained in our care as Williams refused to sign them over meaning we were not able to rehome them.
“We are pleased Williams has pleaded guilty and received a five-year ban and community payback order. Now that the case has concluded we will finally be able to find Ginger and Bandit the loving homes they deserve.
“Aria was caused a seriously unnecessary amount of suffering and distress despite continued advice.
“Her condition could have been completely treatable had Williams provided her with the care she needed.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.