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Owner of Shih Tzu pooch in shocking case of neglect banned from owning pets

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On Friday, Derek Goldsmith, 64 admitted in Brighton Magistrate's court in the U.K. to failing the needs of his 14-year-old Shih Tzu and poodle cross in the most shocking case of long term neglect ever seen by RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley according to the press release by

Goldsmith was sentenced to four months in prison which has been suspended for 18-months, fined, and ordered to complete community service. He was ordered not to own another animal for five years, however Goldsmith agreed to never have another pet.

“I am satisfied that the sentence reflects the severity of this neglect and pleased that a ban on keeping animals has been handed out. This should prevent any other animal from suffering the way Cheeky did," stated Officer Woodley.

Earlier in the year, the aged dog was seized after a tip about her terrible neglect. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, and as assistants clipped and bathed the dog named Cheeky, they were shocked to discover the dog's front paws had fallen away. Cheeky's coat had matted up so badly and had cut off the circulation to her paws.

Renamed by her rescuers to Florence, the kind and gentle dog also suffered from gastroenteritis, infections of her ears and eyes, and rotted teeth. Eventually all of her teeth had to be extracted.

Months later, and to the grand surprise of so many volunteers and advocates who helped Florence recover, the dog has made a wonderful recovery adding a positive testament to adopting senior dogs. A harness on wheels has been constructed to help Florence move around.

This amazing little dog has been adopted by RSPCA worker Karen Baranagh who brings Florence to work with her daily. Although Baranagh admits there are special challenges in caring for a senior, she states:

"Florence comes into work with me at the RSPCA almost every day and everyone loves her. Although she can't walk very well on hard surfaces she is surprisingly fast and agile on soft grass and carpet. The first time she ran on the grass, my family and I were in tears of delight and joy. We never ever imagined that she would be capable of doing that... Her courage is an inspiration to all of us and she is a fantastic ambassador for the work of the RSPCA!”

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