The Wood Green animal shelter in Godmanchester says it’s the worst case of neglect they’ve ever encountered, and on Tuesday, the couple responsible for it plead guilty in a Bedford Magistrates’ Court. David Massey, 62 and his wife Majorie, 60, each pleaded guilty to two counts of causing an animal unnecessary suffering.
The couple told judges that they let their dog’s coat get out of control, and they were too ashamed to take their pet to the vet when they realized just how bad it was getting. Instead of seeking treatment, the couple dumped Floyd in front of the Wood Green animal shelter and sped off.
Magistrates were troubled by the images they saw of the dog, and after considering the suffering involved, warned the couple that they were considering imposing a custodial sentence. The case was adjourned, with sentencing scheduled for February 8th.
Floyd, an unrecognizable old English sheepdog, was found after he was abandoned in front of the shelter. Blinded by matted fur and unable to hear, the terrified dog was wrapped in a cocoon of 30 pounds of tangled hair that literally threatened to kill him. Two-inch long claws made walking a chore, and he was unable to hear through the mats surrounding his head.
A team of vets and nurses freed the dog from his painful state by giving him a haircut – a two hour emergency procedure that included nail trimming and removal of cysts and grass seeds from his ears and paws. Animal control officers described the level of suffering as “incomprehensible”.
Floyd, new and improved post-haircut.