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Dog cage woman wanted sentence lifted to go on karate weekend
10:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A DOG owner placed under house arrest in punishment for locking two pets in a cage for two years tried to get the sentence lifted so she could go on a karate weekend with her grandchildren.
Karen Anderson, aged 59, of Kingsway South, Latchford, applied for the 7pm to 6am curfew to be temporarily suspended this weekend so she could go on holiday to Wales.
She was not planning to take part in a martial arts course, but go with her three grandchildren, Halton Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.
Their mother is also going.
Jonathan Conder, defending, said: "The weekend was booked in June.
"Mrs Anderson has paid £200 for the weekend which means she is away for three nights.
"There has been no problem with the curfew so far."
Husband John Anderson, aged 52, also applied for the curfew - imposed on both defendants for six months - to be ended early so he could start work.
Magistrates asked him to attend the following day with proof of employment. Court officials say he failed to show up.
Both applications to vary a curfew requirement were rejected by Magistrates.
Mr and Mrs Anderson were given 18 week suspended prison sentences, and banned from keeping animals for ten years, after pleading guilty to animal cruelty last month.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers Jet and Tye were locked in a small cage hidden behind a dirty couch in a disused bedroom for 22 hours a day for two years.
Both pets were badly emaciated, with bones and skulls clearly visible, when rescued by the RSPCA on January 20.
They could not walk, with coats and paws stained by urine and faeces.
District Judge Bridget Knight called the cruelty 'truly shocking'.
The Staffys have since been happily rehomed and other pets owned by the Andersons, including Barn Owls, two other dogs, and fish, have been seized.
Court staff say that following the case, letters from all over the world have been sent to Halton Magistrates Court complaining about the dogs' treatment.
They have been received from Spain, Italy and South Africa.
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