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Couple banned from keeping animals after eight dogs found neglected living in van

today29 June 2022

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An Nottinghamshire couple has been banned from keeping any animals for eight years after dogs were found to be neglected and living in awful conditions in the back of a van. Eight dogs of different breeds were found in the back of a vehicle full of excrement and food parked outside an address in Gringley-on-the-Hill belonging to Bryan and Georgina Riley on November 2, 2021.

Following visits by officers, the RSPCA was contacted due to fears for the pets safety, as officers suspected the pets may have been neglected. After an order to clean up the dogs’ living area failed to meet standards, Police Constable James Pickersgill and an RSPCA inspector returned to the address.

They discovered the dogs being kept in the rear of a van that was driven and owned by the Rileys. After opening the doors they were met with dogs stood on top of mounds of excrement and materials.

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All eight of the dogs were in desperate need of attention by a vet, and sadly a four-year-old French Bulldog, named Lola, had an eyeball so badly infected that it was beyond saving, and had to be removed. Another French Bulldog, named Hugo, had thinning fur and was suffering from scabs on his coat and a weeping sore on his back leg.

Liberty, a third French bulldog, also had scabs on her coat and open sores on her face, and because her collar was attached so tightly her neck was sore and reddened. Two poodles, mother and daughter Angel and Coco, had dirty matted coats.

A third Poodle, named Rosie, was matted with faeces and urine and she had sores around her eyes and an elbow. A Dachshund, named Iggy, was suffering from extensive hair loss and scabs on his coat, and another Dachshund, named Lady, had thinning fur.




Bryan Riley, 74, had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering. One of failing to provide veterinary care for three of the dogs who were suffering from skin diseases, and the second for failing to provide veterinary care for the injury to Lola’s eye.

He also admitted to failing to ensure all the needs of the dogs were met. Bryan’s wife, Georgina, 70, pleaded guilt to failing to ensure the needs of eight dogs were met.

The couple both appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, June 13, where they were both fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £909 in court costs. They also received disqualification notices banning them from keeping any kind of animal for eight years.

They are unable to appeal against the order prohibiting them from keeping animals for the next four years. PC Pickersgill, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The conditions we found these dogs in was despicable.”

“When myself and the RSPCA inspector opened the van doors we found the floor was filled deep with excrement, food and other material. To see animals being kept in this way was heartbreaking.”

He continued: “None of the dogs appeared in good health so we took the vehicle back to the local police station where they were all checked over and it was decided all of them required a full check-up and treatment by a vet. I hope this case serves as a warning to other animal owners that we will work in partnership with the RSPCA to bring those neglecting animals or mistreating them to justice and I welcome the courts outcome in this case in issuing fines to the Rileys for their treatment of innocent animals.”

“Being a police officer isn’t just about protecting people and making arrests, pets and animals become part of people’s families and we would never want to see any of them being mistreated so we will always work with our partners to get to the bottom of any reports made to us. I would like to thank the RSPCA for their assistance in this matter and I hope that the court sentence this investigation has attracted will make other owners more aware of the conditions that their pets are living in.

“We will often work with our partners at the RSPCA to ensure that animals including dogs are being taken care of and treated correctly but I would ask anyone who may have any concerns of any animals suspected of being neglected to get in touch” PC Pickersgill added.

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