RSPCA inspector to retire after animal cruelty case at ‘worst house you have ever seen’


RSPCA Inspector Ian Smith is has worked at his job in Darlington, United Kingdom for the past 30 years and has seen just about everything. What he found recently at a Middlesborough home has brought him to the decision that it was time to retire.

Poppy, 15, had to be euthanized
Poppy, 15, had to be euthanized

Poppy, a 15-year-old terrier and a cat named Jasper were found by chance when police were dispatched to investigate a disturbance at a Costa Street property.  Poppy was a bag of bones when she was found huddled in a flea-ridden blanket. Her wounds were horrific. Poppy was blind and she was unable to stand and had to be humanely euthanized. Jasper was described as crusty and flea-bitten but was successfully treated and later re-homed.


Smith stated in an interview with


“I’ve been in this job for 30 years and this case brought me to the decision that it was time to retire. It is really rather depressing for anybody in this day and age to allow a dog to get into this state and do nothing about it.”

Anne Allport, 48, was charged and pleaded guilty in court this week to four charges including unnecessary suffering to an animal at what’s said “may well be the worst house you have ever seen.” She told Teeside Magistrates she was ashamed and should never have allowed her home to get in such poor condition.

For her confession, Allport was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail, which was suspended to one-year probation after magistrates learned she was unemployed and had suffered from depression since she was a teen. One provision of probation is Allport will never be allowed to own an animal again, and cannot appeal the court’s decision on this stipulation.

Inspector Smith believes the court made a good decision.

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