Mum banned from keeping pets after her dogs discovered smelling of wee and poo

A woman has been banned from keeping animals after RSPCA officers found two dogs with "matted fur" and "covered in fleas" in her faeces-covered home.

Mum-of-three Ashley Lauren Corner, 34, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after officers found the pooches in a terrible state.

Prosecutor Stuart Haywood said she initially denied the officers entry to her home before they came back and found it to have a "strong smell of urine and faeces".

The dogs, called Harvey and Woody, smelled strongly and one had his paws covered in excrement.

Corner, of Marton, Middlesbrough, was given a 12-month community order at Teesside Magistrates' Court on Friday after admitting the offence which took place between September 1 and 29 last year.

Mr Haywood said the officers were called to Corner's house after reports regarding the state of the dogs.

Corner initially refused to let them in but they subsequently returned and finally gained entry.

She appeared in court after signing one of the dogs over to the RSPCA but refused to do so with the other, TeessideLive reports.

The dog that was signed over has now been re-homed, with the RSPCA now in possession of the other.

In mitigation, Simon Walker said Corner was of "previous good character" and had "been around dogs her entire life without any issue".

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He added that the situation was the consequence of personal issues that forced her to quickly move away from the area.

Corner, now of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, admitted failing to adequately explore and address the causes of the poor condition of both dogs.

District judge, Kristina Harrison sentenced her to a 12 month community order and must undertake 12 rehabilitation activity days.

She was banned from keeping animals for five years and ordered to pay £200 costs which will be taken out of her Universal Credit payments.

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