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Milford Beacon
  • Milford man convicted of animal cruelty

  • A 60-year-old Milford man, identified as Bobby Smith, was convicted of cruelty to animals March 18 after a cocker spaniel died of infection due to extreme matting.
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  • A 60-year-old Milford man, identified as Bobby Smith, was convicted of cruelty to animals March 18 after a cocker spaniel died of infection due to extreme matting.
    Delaware Animal Care and Control (DEACC) first received a neglect complaint concerning “Brewster,” an adult male cocker spaniel, on Sept. 6, 2013, that reported its poor condition upon arrival to a professional groomer, according to First State Animal Center-SPCA spokeswoman Lisa S. Chase.
    The dog was transported to a local animal hospital but died shortly after from complications resulting from severe matting, Chase said.
    First State Animal Center-SPCA shelter veterinarian Leah Tammi determined that the matting had entombed the dog’s ears, resulting in a fatal infection, Chase said.
    Smith was arrested on Sept. 10, 2013 by DEACC Sgt. Kim Schnares after an investigation that revealed that the animal was unable to close its eyes and that approximately nine pounds of matted fur was removed at the time of death, Chase said.
    According to Tammi’s report and DEACC Chief Capt. Sherri Warburton, the dog’s right ear was pulled across the top of the dog’s head due to the matting and also consumed its left ear. One of the dog’s ears was full of infection, puss and maggots. Both eyelids were pulled back from the matting, resulting in the dog’s inability to close its eyes.
    Smith was convicted of cruelty to animals by Kent County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young.
    Smith was sentenced to one year of Level 5 incarceration, which was reduced to one year of Level 2 probation, was fined $1,000 and is prohibited from owning or possessing animals for five years.
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