MANEA: Couple ordered to give up their dogs

A Manea couple who kept 18 out-of-control dogs have been ordered to give up their pets.

Caroline Smart (43) and Richard Sutton (51) were reported after two of their dogs killed a cat and a lamb and injured two other lambs in the village.

The incidents, which happened on May 14, followed a number of incidents when dogs had escaped from their home in Station Road.

The dogs, which included huskies, Alsatians and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier jumped over fences and wandered into roads and nearby homes.

Eight chickens were also killed and four injured by one of the dogs in January.

The dogs responsible for the attacks, both husky and German Shepherd Cross, were put down in May.

Sutton pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog worrying livestock and failing to ensure welfare of an animal at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday (November 23).

He was sentenced to a six-month community order, ordered to carry out 60 days’ unpaid work and pay £100 compensation.

Smart admitted failing to ensure the welfare of an animal. She was sentenced to a six-month community order with supervision and ordered to attend a women’s programme for six days.

Both were also banned from keeping animals for two years and have six weeks to get rid of their remaining dogs.

PC Natalie Charman said: “This is good news for residents of Manea who had to put up with dogs running wild in the neighbourhood.

“The couple were clearly over-run by the sheer number of dogs they had taken in and were unable to look after them. Hopefully this will allow them to be more sensible pet owners in the future.”

The RSPCA will attend the address after six weeks to ensure all the dogs have been removed.

RSPCA Inspector Jon Knight said: “We are satisfied with the sentence handed out and we hope it sends out a clear message to dog owners that they have a responsibility by law to keep their animals under control.”