Hartlepool pair banned from keeping animals after admitting dog cruelty charge

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Two people convicted of cruelty to a dog have been banned from keeping animals for a decade.

Bethany Nicole Greener and Levi Douglas Swift admitted one count of “failing to provide adequate nutrition for the animal’s needs” between October 20 and December 1 of last year.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court has now barred them both from owning or keeping animals for 10 years.

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They must also hand the dog, described in court as “a brindle Lurcher type dog known as Elsie”, and a second pet over to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

The case against the Hartlepool pair was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.The case against the Hartlepool pair was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.
The case against the Hartlepool pair was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

Greener, 35, of Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, and Swift, 21, of Cornwall Street, Hartlepool, were both ordered to pay £225 in court costs and an £32 victim surcharge.

Swift must also pay an £80 fine.

Both received credit for their early guilty pleas.

Neither, however, can apply for the ban to be terminated for five years.