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Bridgend dog carer jailed after defying ban

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Janine Maloney of Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig received an 18-week prison sentence last week at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court for violating a disqualification order prohibiting her from owning dogs for five years. Maloney, previously the proprietor of the now defunct Pet Patrol Club, pled guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

In September 2021, the 49 year old left two French Bulldogs, Lila and Phab, in a car on a hot day, leading to their tragic deaths from heatstroke. She received a 16-week suspended prison sentence the following year, along with the ban.

But despite the ban, Maloney was caught owning a dog and caring for others, breaching the order between May and July 2023, and again in December 2023.

During these recent breaches, Maloney was seen with a dog during a meeting, accepting two dogs from another person, and walking a dog from a car to a flat. She was sentenced to 18 weeks in custody and ordered to pay a £154 victim surcharge. Her dog Badger was also ordered to be re-homed within 14 days.

Despite Maloney arguing that she relied on dogs for emotional support and that no harm was caused, the presiding magistrate described her actions as a “flagrant and deliberate breach where you have chosen to deliberately ignore the order”.

Gemma Cooper, the RSPCA’s Deputy Chief Inspector, commented “It is important to reiterate to the public that we reply on them to tell us if someone has breached a ban. We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously – as do the courts”.

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