Woman who operated on parrot has animal ban extended

Monty the parrotPictures RSPCA

Monty the parrotPictures RSPCA - Credit: Archant

A woman who was banned from keeping animals after her parrot’s leg had to be amputated has had her ban extended by an additional ten years.

Jean Bland, 63 and of Somerville Avenue in Gorleston, received the ban last June from magistrates after RSPCA inspectors had to amputate the leg of her African grey parrot, Monty.

The parrot had a tight ring which Bland and her husband attempted to remove, before inviting an unqualified friend to come and remove the leg completely, making the damage worse.

The RSPCA also had to put down her bull terrier, Ben, who was in an emaciated state.

In a fresh hearing, Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court heard Bland had then gone onto breach the banning order.

On August 10, inspectors found another bull terrier, a cockatoo and a macaw in Bland’s home, which she claimed to be looking after for a friend.

RSPCA inspector, Ben Kirby, gave Bland one week to remove the animals, but when he returned on August 17 there was no answer.

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On September 19 the animals were found to still be in the home.

Mr Kirby warned Bland that police would force entry if she did not assist, which they duly did.

The animals were taken in by the RSPCA and found to be in a reasonable condition.

Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday that Bland and her husband, who has dementia, live apart and the animals were used to combat loneliness.

Universal credit was her only form of income so Bland was unable to afford vet fees, but had taken in her friend’s dog because they were going to be put down.

The court heard Bland had looked after her terrier, Ben, for 15 years and his emaciated state was caused by cancer, rather than mistreatment.

Bland was also said to be on medication for depression.

She was convicted of breaching the disqualification order and breaching a conditional discharge.

Bland was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.

She was also banned from keeping animals until 2037, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay £50 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.