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Ipswich: Couple barred from keeping dogs for 15 years after RSPCA prosecution over their Newfoundland

15:28 23 January 2014

Winston, the Newfoundland who belonged to Allen Forsdyke and Mary McEvoy

Winston, the Newfoundland who belonged to Allen Forsdyke and Mary McEvoy


An Ipswich couple have been banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after admitting a string of offences involving their five-year-old Newfoundland.


Ipswich magistrates heard that after seeing the state of Allen Forsdyke and Mary McEvoy’s pet Winston, a vet said: “In my 20 years as a vet, I have never seen a dog presented for such an examination with such advanced skin disease. This looks to have been going on for a long period of time.”

Forsdyke and McEvoy, of Shakespeare Road, Ipswich, bought Winston as a puppy, but lost their jobs and were unable to pay for the care he needed.

The pair were sentenced after each pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering and three counts of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal.

At their sentencing it was said that Winston had long-term problems that needed considerable care, which Forsdyke, 42, and McEvoy, 48, could not afford.

Prosecutor Hugh Rowland said RSPCA Inspector Marc Niepold visited the couple’s home on August 15 last year and saw Winston was unwell. Two vets subsequently examined the Newfoundland.

There was evidence of a lack of muscle and overgrown nails, indicative of a lack of exercise, the court heard.

The dog was severely depressed and had an eye infection. It also had eczema, dermatitis, hair loss over its entire body and a flea infestation, as well as an infection and inflammation in its ears. Winston also gave off an unpleasant “yeasty” odour denoting a skin condition, Mr Rowland said.

Many of the ailments had been present for at least two or three months. As a result, Winston was said to have been left in a weak and debilitated state. Forsdyke and McEvoy appeared to have tried to use a homeopathic treatment to get rid of the mange, although this did not work. A flea shampoo was also used, but it would have only washed the parasites off, not killed them.

Magistrates were told Winston was now a lot better after treatment and had been signed over to the RSPCA.

Ian Duckworth, representing the couple, said: “This is not a straightforward cruelty case, or even neglect case.

“She (McEvoy) acknowledges that had things been better financially, I think they could have undertaken the necessary treatment. What is abundantly clear is that this animal has inherent conditions.”

In addition to their 15-year disqualification from keeping dogs, Forsdyke and McEvoy were given 12-month community orders with 120-hour work requirements. Forsdyke was also given a supervision order.

They must each pay £300 costs and £60 to the victims’ fund.



  • Banned from keeping dogs for 15 years? Just how do you stop someone keeping dogs, you can buy a dog from a breeder in any part of the UK, how do they check if you are banned. We bought a puppy from a farm, the breeder was justifiably proud of the breeding records, and was anxious that we could look after the puppy, but they had no facilities to check us out. Nonsense!

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    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • They should not be allowed to have children either.

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    Robert Manning

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The people of Whitton would grass them up, this couple are very disliked by the whole estate.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I recently made a comment on a similar court case involving a horse. It is not a picture of the animals we need but one of the offenders. It will not stop such people from aquiring an animal in defiance of the ban but people will be able report them, if they know what they look like, to the authorities.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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