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Pembroke Dock: Couple neglected pet cat

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A PEMBROKE DOCK husband and wife have each been a handed suspended jail sentence for the treatment of their pet cat.

Lee Stephen Partridge, 49, and Allison Sarah Partridge, 50, both of Meyrick Street, pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence and were sentenced at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

An RSPCA inspector has said he was ‘appalled’ at the couple’s treatment of their pet cat Frankie, who he said ‘had the appearance of an 18-year-old cat, despite being only three of four’.

Inspector Keith Hogben attended the Pembroke Dock property to find the cat skeletal, riddled with fleas and struggling with serious respiratory issues. Mr and Ms Partridge had failed to address Frankie’s poor bodily condition and ill health, which vets confirmed had caused a period of suffering.

The cat was signed into the care of the RSPCA. However, due to the extent of Frankie’s condition, the cat had to be put to sleep after failing to respond to urgent veterinary treatment and care.


Other animals at the property were not in a condition which caused concern to the RSPCA inspector.

The pair were given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for one year. They were also told to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work each, and ordered to pay costs of £274.50, plus a victim surcharge of £115.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “I found this poor cat to be in an appalling, miserable condition. Frankie had the appearance of an 18-year-old cat, despite being only three of four.

“The smell at the property was overpowering and it was very quickly clear to me that something wasn’t right.


“Sadly, neither defendant did anything about their cat’s condition – despite an obvious need for veterinary care and help. These problems ultimately cost Frankie’s life, but I feel this situation could have been avoided with a timely visit to the vets.

“This case is another important reminder as to the importance of taking unwell pets to the vet. Owning an animal is a privilege, and people have clear responsibilities towards their animals which, in the case of Frankie, were not met by the owners.”

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Milford Haven: Three hurt in violent pub incident

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THREE people were injured in a violent incident at the Trafalgar pub on Charles Street in Milford Haven, shortly after 7am on Sunday (Oct 21).

The popular drinking spot was forced to close for a few hours after a man was hospitalised and two others who were in the premises, a male and female were also hurt, but not seriously.

On Facebook, landlady Sally Allen posted: “We took the decision to close until the matter was fully investigated. I would like to thank my customers for they co-operation this morning and supporting with dealing with the matter. Much respect, thank you!”

She later added: “This was a rare but never less a horrible incident that was dealt with very professionally by staff and police. Also, I would like to thank everyone involved for there full cooperation.

“A real show of a community of locals pulling together.

“I couldn’t be any prouder of my staff and customers for their support in this matter at the time and afterwards.
“The offender is a known to the town and police as a troublemaker.

“He is being dealt with by the police and has a lifetime ban from the Trafalgar pub.”

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “We attended The Trafalgar pub, Milford Haven, shortly after 7am on Sunday, October 21, following reports of an assault. One man was taken to hospital with a head wound and a woman and a second man received minor injuries.”

The spokesman added: “A 30-year-old man was arrested at 8.20am at Steynton Road on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, and later released on police bail with conditions.”

In an appeal for information, the police said: “The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20181021-067.”

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Haverfordwest: Suspected child groomer remanded

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A MERLINS BRIDGE man has been remanded into custody after being arrested and charged with a child grooming offence.

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court heard on October 23 that from October 14 to October 20 in Haverfordwest, Shaun Smith, 63, used Facebook messenger to groom a 14-year-old girl and then made attempts to meet that girl in the local Mc Donald’s restaurant.

Shaun Smith, 63, looked emotionless in the dock, and did not enter any plea to the single charge under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Wearing a grey jogging suit, he confirmed his name, date of birth and address from behind a glass screen.

He will now remain in custody until his next hearing at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, November 23, at 10am for his own safety, and to stop the defendant absconding, the court heard.

He was represented in court by Mike Kelleher or Red Kite Solicitors.

Mr Kelleher made no application for bail as no suitable address could be found for Smith.

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Pembroke: RSPCA appeal after mare abandoned

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RSPCA CYMRU is appealing for information after a Thoroughbred bay mare was found abandoned in Pembroke.

It has been reported to the animal welfare charity that on Friday, October 5, the horse was seen being unloaded onto land belonging to the Windmill Hill Caravan Park which is on one of the main roads to Pembroke.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “This Thoroughbred bay mare has a slight injury to her hip, which possibly could be an old injury as she was a racehorse. It is just so sad that someone has just left her.

“A blue transit van was seen with the horse by some witnesses. This does appear to be an abandonment, and we’d urge anyone with information about this horse to contact the RSPCA through our inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 so we can find out more information about what happened here.

“The horse has a microchip and has the name ‘All Talk’ and we know that the horse had been rehomed to a livery yard in Pembrokeshire, so we’re using this information with our enquiries, but we also need the help of members of the public for vital information.

“We also urge people to seriously think about the commitment involved in caring for horses as this sadly happens far too often.”

Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru with work like this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.

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