A German shepherd cross named Lenny died in excruciating pain after his owner never took him to the vet and let a prolonged raging infection eat away half of the dog’s face. The dog had a four-inch gaping wound extending from his ear to his mouth; the infection so severe maggots had been crawling in and out of the dog’s face.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the dog’s owner, Theresa Dixon, 57, of Merseyside, United Kingdom stated the hole in her dog’s face opened up less than a half-hour before she rushed him to a local vet on May 31. A court hearing at the Wirral Magistrates Court described the eight-year-old dog’s fur as “matted and thick with dirt” with maggots crawling underneath. Dixon did not appear in court.
“She said the animal had been scratching his face due to recurrent ear infections and she had been treating it at home,” stated RSPCA Inspector Chris Murphy who said Dixon tried to treat the dog’s horrible infection using advice from the Internet.
According to the RSPCA, Lenny would have survived had Dixon taken her dog to the vet for treatment sooner. When questioned the woman told authorities Lenny had only been to the vet once when he was a puppy. She admitted she saw how terrible the wound was, but had been “scared” to take the dog to the vet insisting he always had scratched his ears and in the past she had cleaned them with white vinegar and water which she read off the Internet.
As far as her dog’s matted condition, Dixon said Lenny wasn’t permitted in most of the house and slept in a separate section and part of the kitchen, so she never thought about getting him groomed.
Dixon was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. A warrant was issued for her to be brought to court for sentencing. Tragically, Lenny’s injuries were too severe, and vets said the kindest act for him was to be humanely euthanized.
Rest in peace Lenny. We hope you get some justice.
(Photo of Lenny, the shepherd who suffered in excruciating pain via the RSPCA)
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