23-year-old Llandysul woman receives prison sentence for cruelty to geckos

A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months for cruelty to animals including two geckos.

The court heard that between 25/05/2022 and 27/08/2022 Kayley Elizabeth Patricia Pugh of Llandysul caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely 2 Leopard Geckos known as Thor  and Luna  and a Chinese Crested Water Dragon
known as Maverick , by a failure to act, namely her failure to adequately explore and address the causes of the said animals’ poor condition, and she knew or ought reasonably to have known that the failure would have that effect or be likely to do so.
Contrary to sections 4(1) and 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Pugh pleaded guilty to the charge and was committed to prison for 12 weeks suspended for 12 months.

Pugh was also made subject of a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and is required to comply with any instructions of the
responsible officer to attend appointments (with the responsible officer or someone else nominated by them), or to participate
in any activity as required by the responsible officer up to a maximum of 10 days., Unpaid Work Requirement: Carry out
unpaid work for 150 hours within the next twelve months.

Pugh was ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £154 and costs of £400.

An order was made under Section 34 Animal Welfare Act 2006 to disqualify Pugh in respect of all animals from owning
them, keeping them, participating in keeping them and from being party to an arrangement under which Pugh is
entitled to control or influence the way in which they are kept for a period of 10 year(s).

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