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10-year dog ban.

A couple and their son have been banned from keeping any animals for the next 10 years.

Magistrates imposed the sentence after hearing how the family allowed their five dogs to become emaciated and flea ridden. Bernard Creighton, 55, his wife Elizabeth, 52, and son Simon, 19, appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates. They each admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs by failing to provide adequate care and attention.

The court heard the dogs had suffered for at least four weeks and had not received veterinary treatment.

The Creightons, of Avebury Place, Cramlington, told magistrates they had been unable to afford treatment for the dogs, but had tried to do their best by them.

Magistrates ordered the dogs to be confiscated and that each member of the family pay pounds 50 compensation.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2004
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