Cruel couple left their scab-covered dog to rot in a flea-infested house


David Littlefare contacted the RSPCA to ask if his pet could be euthanized and requested that their West Highland White Terrier Pippa be euthanized as she was very ill.

David Littlefare appeared in court

A cruel couple left their dog in immense pain with rotten teeth before he died, a court has heard.

Eventually, David Littlefare contacted an animal welfare organization to ask if West Highland White Terrier Pippa could be put down as she was very ill.

When a volunteer from the RSPCA arrived, they saw that the dog was weak and covered in scabs after arriving at Littlefare’s home.

Pippa died on the way to a local animal welfare organization branch, but it was later revealed that the dog had been in such appalling condition for weeks and possibly months.

Littlefare, 25, from Goole, appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court on Friday with his ex-girlfriend Olivia Watson, 22.

Olivia Watson at Hull Magistrates Court


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Both admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal in Hull Magistrates Court, reports HullLive.

Louise Freeman, prosecutor, told the court the RSPCA volunteer believed the animal suffered for weeks, if not months, before she died.

She said: “The dog’s poor condition was quite distressing for her, she noticed clots on the rear end of the dog, the ears had black matter in and around them, the dog was thin and smelled like something had fallen off.

“She was visibly underweight, her spine, ribs and hip bone were prominent. Her coat was in extremely poor condition and there was obvious shedding on her rump.

“She had numerous wounds that were crusted, crusts were black and yellow.

“There was also a significant amount of solid feces under her tail.

Watson admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal


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“She had fleas on her head and body and fleas were crawling on the blanket.”

The dog’s body was taken to the vet, who said there was evidence of dehydration and self-harm caused by the flea infestation.

Pippa also had severe dental problems that made it difficult for her to eat with her teeth in such conditions.

The vet said it was difficult to determine her cause of death, but it was likely she didn’t want to eat because of the pain she was in with all the discomfort.

Ms Freeman added: “A responsible owner should have sought veterinary advice, but failing to do so contributed to the dog’s suffering.”

During an interview after Pippa’s death, Littlefare admitted he could have done more, but due to a low income, it wasn’t easy.

Craig Davy, mitigating Watson, said the defendant owned the dog and brought Pippa with him when he moved into Watson’s home.

Watson had taken Pippa to the vet on a number of occasions but felt Littlefare, as the pet owner, should be responsible.

The judges hearing the case felt that a prejudgment report from the parole service needed to be prepared before a verdict could be reached.

They adjourned the case and granted both defendants unconditional bail until their next court appearance.

Littlefare will appear in court again on Tuesday March 15 and Watson will appear on March 23.


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