January 2020

Dog suffered ‘unimaginable pain’ for months at hands of Derby owners

A badly-neglected Akita suffered in “unimaginable pain” at the hands of its owners over a period of several months.

Hayley Langton, 23, and Derek Yeomans, 69, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog between August and September last year.

The animal, named Keeta, was found with no fur and eyes covered in a green discharge at an address in Willowcroft Road, Spondon.

The dog was rescued by RSPCA workers and immediately rushed to a veterinary centre.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrate’s Court heard how the vet said they had never seen a dog with dry eyes so severe, causing her extreme pain and distress.

Andrew Cash, prosecuting, said the last time Keeta was seen by a vet was in September 2013.

The dog was owned by Ms Langton but was kept at the house of My Yeomans.

The vet said Keeta may have been suffering in her condition for a minimum of six years.

The court heard how she had a severe skin condition as well as ear problems.

When testing the dryness on her eyes, both readings came back as zero – something the vet said they had never seen before.

Mr Cash said Ms Langton believed Keeta had a cold which had lasted around a month.

However she failed to notice how serious her condition had become as she was out a lot and described her life as “chaotic”.

The dog has recovered, despite still showing signs of hair loss.

She has since been fostered by a veterinary nurse.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “Keeta is now properly looked after and responding to love and care that any domestic animal needs.

“This is not a matter that Keeta suddenly became ill, developed skin conditions and eye problems.

“It’s a situation where Keeta has clearly been in great distress over a significant period of time.

“The pain and distress that the dog must have been in could not be imagined.

“When people have pets, they have responsibilities to look after them.

“I accept this is not a case of sadistic ill treatment of Keeta. This is more a case of neglect based on issues in your life.”

Hayley Langton and Derek Yeomans were each handed a three-month curfew of 7pm to 7am.

They were also given a 12-month community order and asked to pay £490 each in costs.

They have both been disqualified from keeping dogs for a period without limit.