Hatfield woman fined over emaciated dog

PUBLISHED: 15:12 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:24 09 November 2017

Honey the dog was emaciated.
Picture: RSPCA

Honey the dog was emaciated. Picture: RSPCA


A Hatfield woman has been fined for causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.

Honey the dog was emaciated.
Picture: RSPCAHoney the dog was emaciated. Picture: RSPCA

The woman admitted failing to investigate and address the cause of the dog’s poor bodily condition and weight loss between March 1 and March 12.

The dog in question was a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Honey, and the prosecution was brought by the RSPCA.

At St Albans Magistrates’ Court on October 25, Shearman was fined £100.

She was also ordered to pay victim services £30 and costs of £165.

Honey the dog was emaciated.
Picture: RSPCAHoney the dog was emaciated. Picture: RSPCA

An order was made under the Animal Welfare Act banning Shearman from owning, keeping or participating in keeping animals for a year.

An RSPCA spokesman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “When an inspector from the animal welfare charity discovered Honey, she was so thin her bones could be seen through her skin.

“Thankfully Honey was given the care she deserved and made a full recovery before finding a loving new home.”

RSPCA Inspector Helen Mead, who investigated, said: “There are simply no excuses for cruelty towards animals.

“Owners must make sure they meet the needs of animals in their care.”

•The woman’s name has been removed from this story following a request by police over concerns for her safety.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times