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B.C. couple could face jail over dog's bad teeth

by SUSAN WYATT / THE PET DISH

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KING5.com

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 2 at 3:57 PM

A British Columbia couple could face jail because their dog's untreated dental problems got so bad, 14 of the its teeth had to be pulled.

The Vancouver Sun reports that the terrier named Pudding was found wandering the streets of Maple Ridge last summer. Shelter staff at the SPCA found that Pudding was in a lot of pain with severe periodontal disease.

Pudding was returned to owners Stacia Hicks and Scott Rippon, but they were ordered to treat the dog's teeth.

When SPCA staff checked on Pudding later, the dental work hadn't been done and Pudding was seized. The 14 teeth were pulled.

Hicks and Rippon are charged with causing an animal to continue to be in distress and causing an animal unnecessary pain and suffering, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the Sun reports.

If convicted, they could face a lifetime ban on owning animals, a fine of up to $5,000 or up to six months in jail.

The good news is Pudding has been placed with a new family.

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