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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Animal ban for 'cruelty couple'
The dog recovered by the RSPCA
Casper: Recovering after being rescued
A couple have been banned from keeping animals for 10 years by magistrates in Barnsley for mistreating their pets.

Stephanie and Kevin McHale, of Blacker Hill, Barnsley, who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 13 cats and one dog, were sentenced on Thursday.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) said the animals were discovered living in "unsanitary and unhygienic" conditions.

The animals, which have all now recovered, are to be re-housed.

The RSPCA will not hesitate to prosecute if we discover animals in a suffering state
RSPCA spokeswoman

The couple were also given a two-year conditional discharge and Mrs McHale was ordered to pay 400 costs.

When the animals were taken from the house in Wentworth Road, all were heavily flea-infested and had varying degrees of flea allergies and dermatitis.

Kat Thorburn, the RSPCA inspector who brought the case, said the dog - called Casper - was the worse affected with very little fur and sore, irritated skin.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said they were extremely happy with the ban.

She told BBC News Online: "I think a 10-year ban is significant simply because it denies these people the chance to inflict the same kind of suffering on animals in the future.

"It also acts as a deterrent that it is simply unacceptable to keep animals in conditions where they suffer.

"The RSPCA will not hesitate to prosecute if we discover animals in a suffering state."

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