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Five year ban for man with lice riddled puppies

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MAGISTRATES at Haverfordwest Law Court have imposed a five year ban from keeping animals on a 27-year-old man who sold puppies that were riddled with lice.

Timothy Dean Lovell, of The Hills Caravan Park of Haverfordwest, pleaded guilty to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to ensure that the needs of an animal were kept.

John Tarrant, who was prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “On November 22, 2016 Katherine Press responded to Gumtree advert for a Springer Spaniel.

“The seller was a person named Timmy, and contact was to be made by text, and she had done so. She attended and spoke to a person called Michelle, and was taken to a shed at the rear of the property.

“She chose a puppy that she called Bella – no papers were provided, and she was told that everything had been done at the vets. She put puppy in a vest to travel, and thought she saw what looked like sawdust on its coat, but it appeared to be moving.

“She immediately contacted her vets, who described her as quiet and bordering on depressed, with an infestation of biting lice. The vet said that it was the worst infestation he had witnessed since becoming a vet, and it was likey the puppy had been suffering sicne birth, which would have been 2-5 weeks.”

The court heard that Ms Press said the puppy was suffering with malnutrition, and had a heart condition. She wrapped the puppy in a dressing gown before going to bed, and in the morning the dressing gown was covered in ‘hundreds of dead lice’.

Bella’s condition ‘quickly resolved itself’.

Mr Tarrant said: “She phoned [Lovell] to say she wasn’t happy with the condition of Bella. He seemed shocked at the condition of the puppy, and offered to swap it with another one – she refused that.

“He made contact with the vets, and agreed to return £100 into her bank account.”

The court also heard that in January this year, Ms Becky Rates was looking for a puppy for her mother, and she too found an advert on Gumtree’s website. She paid a £100 deposit and drove to Lovell’s address.

Mr Tarrant said: “[Lovell] waved them down and she was handed a box with a puppy inside. She noticed immediately what she thought was a skin condition, however £250 in cash was given.

“During the journey back home she noticed the puppy’s skin was dry with flakes, fleas with scabs on its skin. Lovell said he had been given wormer by the RSPCA, but box puppy had came in smelt dirty.

“She was immediately concerned about the safety of the puppy. The puppy had been scratching itself near the ears.”

The court heard that when the puppy was re-examined in 2017, it had made a ‘remarkabe transformation’, and had a shiny coat, no pot belly, a bright demeanour, and a 59% increase in body weight.

Mr Tarrant said that Lovell claimed he had gone to Pets At Home and bought flea and wormer, stating he didn’t think anything was particularly wrong. He said: “They were accidental litters, and denied it was to make money.”

In Lovell’s defence, Jane Thomas told the court that he did not deliberately set out to hurt the animals, and wasn’t prepared for family dog to have so many puppies, and he ‘didn’t really know how to care for them’.

In addition to being banned from keeping animals, he was also made subject to a 12 month community order, with the requirement of completing 150 hours of unpaid work.

Keith Hogben, RSPCA inspector, said: “Sadly, this man chose to make a quick buck from ill pups – flogging these two defenceless creatures when they urgently needed his support.

“The man chose cash over compassion, but thankfully both pups have recovered from the ordeal, and are now doing well in loving new homes.

“Owning animals is a privilege, and this case shows the RSPCA will not stand-by when people treat breeding pets as a cash bonus without necessary regard for the welfare of the animals involved.”

 

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted woman on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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