Catford mum gets animal ban after letting dogs fight in faeces-strewn house
9:51am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
These are two of the injured dogs found at the Catford house where nine dogs were left to fight each other amongst faeces and garbage
A CATFORD mother has been banned from having pets for 10 years after letting nine dogs and puppies fight each other in a faeces-strewn house.
Deborah Yeboah-Adjei had two of her children in the house in Elfrida Crescent where six puppies and three adult dogs were fighting and covered in wounds, scars and mange, Bromley Magistrates’ Court heard.
The RSPCA found one wounded dog tied to a radiator while the others attacked it, as well as injured Staffordshire bull terriers and one animal with multiple bites to the face at the property in July.
The 46-year-old was told she will not be allowed to look after any animals for 10 years on September 12.
She was also given a conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.
Yeboah-Adjei had previously pleaded guilty to eight breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
District Judge Denis Lynch said: "It is staggering that you had two young children in a house with nine dogs fighting each other and apparently all together with dog mess all over the house.
"You knew it and let it carry on."
Prosecutor for the RSPCA Alison Kemsley said: "The property itself was covered with animal waste and garbage. One dog had multiple bite wounds to the face and an infected wound below the elbow.
"Another had a bitten shoulder, scars, a swollen upper eyelid. A third had scratches, bite marks, a fractured tooth. "There was a failure to protect them from pain and suffering."
Yeboah-Adjei said the dogs were her son’s and she was in the middle of cleaning the house at the time.
She said: "I would like to apologise. Even though everything got out of control, I had a duty of care for the dogs as well as my children.”