MAGISTRATES have put a woman under curfew for substituting dog food for curry and pizza.
Christine Hooper fed her whippet Sam with fast food scraps because she had run out of dog food, magistrates were told.
Stroud District Council welfare officers found him “very underweight” Stroud Magistrates’ Court was told.
On Monday the court imposed a two week curfew order on Hooper, 64, of Lawnside, Forest Green, so she must stay at home between 8pm to 7am. And they ordered her to pay £400 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
At a hearing in January, the court was told the council received a complaint on March 25 last year about the welfare of four dogs.
A husky was found to be slightly underweight, and of three whippets, Lucky was slightly underweight, Sam was very underweight and Penny was in a satisfactory condition.
“When asked what she was feeding them, she said she had run out of food but a granddaughter would pick more up,” council prosecutor Zoe Lash told the court in January. “They were fed scraps of pizza and curry since she ran out.
“She said Sam ate but did not put on weight.”
Hooper admitted she hadn’t taken him to a vet as instructed and agreed to sign him over Sam to the council. He has since recovered.
Hooper admitted failing to provide Sam with a suitable diet and of failing to protect him from pain, suffering, injury and disease at a court hearing on December 6.