Family prosecuted for poor conditions of dogs

Published: 20 August 2019

 A family which kept five dogs and two puppies in inadequate conditions in garden cages, has been fined by magistrates and banned from keeping any pets.

Husband and wife Jason and Cherylea Coates, and their nephew Albert Coates, were prosecuted after seven dogs were discovered by the council’s resilience and enforcement team.

The council was notified after neighbours reported continuous barking and that the dogs were never taken out for exercise.

When officers executed a warrant in December last year they found a shed in the front garden and two cages in the back garden of the home in Moreland Avenue, Colnbrook. One cage was home to two Jack Russell puppies and their mother which were owned by Albert Coates, 30. He voluntarily surrendered the animals into the care of the council.

It was believed three puppies had already died and the surviving puppies were housed in unsuitable conditions, with a lack of blankets or suitable bedding in December temperatures. Their food and water were also contaminated and they were in a dirty condition.

A Jack Russell cross Chihuahua, a Chihuahua and two Cocker Spaniels were also found and were owned by Mr and Mrs Coates. The couple aged 44 and 40, contested surrendering the animals and a court order for possession had to be obtained.

The trio appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court for sentencing on Friday 9 August after each had admitted, at an earlier hearing, a charge of neglect under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Albert Coates admitted an additional charge of causing unnecessary suffering under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. All offences occurred on 18 December, 2018.

Each of the family members was ordered to pay a £120 fine and were disqualified from owning our keeping an animal for a minimum of two years. Each was also ordered to pay £250 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

All the dogs have subsequently been rehomed and nursed back to health.

Cllr Pavitar K. Mann, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said the council took animal safety very seriously.

She said: "The resilience and enforcement team are doing a great job in responding to concerns and making sure there is a good outcome for animals being neglected in the borough.

"We cannot tolerate animals being harmed in any way in Slough and will prosecute where we can."