Animal ban for not treating pet with broken leg

Diesel had to be put to sleep after his owner Stephen Lucas, of Euxton, Chorley, failed to get vet treatment for his broken leg
Diesel had to be put to sleep after his owner Stephen Lucas, of Euxton, Chorley, failed to get vet treatment for his broken leg

A man who left his pet dog with a broken leg and failed to get proper veterinary treatment has been given a two-year ban from keeping animals, and handed a 12-week curfew.

Stephen Lucas, 55, of Wigan Road, Euxton, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his Staffordshire bull terrier Diesel between April and May this year.

The pet later had to be put to sleep.

The court heard he failed to provide proper and necessary veterinary care and attention as advised by a veterinary surgeon.

An RSCPA spokesman said Diesel had hurt his leg after he fell off an ornamental garden wall on April 9 this year.

Lucas took the animal to a vet’s practice where he was given pain relief and allowed home on the recommendation that he be brought back for an X-ray.

But the court heard he failed to bring the animal back.

On May 24, Diesel, who was lame by that point, was picked up by a dog warden on the street.

The warden took him to the same vet’s practice because he was limping badly.

The surgeon found he had a serious fracture to his front right leg.

In the meantime Lucas had reported Diesel missing, and it was soon established he had been taken to the vets.

But after discussions about the operation that was needed, and the cost of it, it was decided to put Diesel to sleep.

The magistrates bench ruled Lucas must pay a victim surcharge of £60 and £200 costs.

The bench made an order to disqualify him from keeping and owning animals, and from participating in the keeping of animals for a period of two years.

He is also banned from being party to an arrangement under which he can control or influence the way in which animals are kept.