Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a form of abuse where the caregiver delibrately makes the recipient ill in order to gain sympathy and attention from others. The recipient in this case is a cocker spaniel named Florence. Georgina Bretman was convicted of causing unecessary suffering to Florence–the first case of its kind in Scotland. In 2011, Florence recieved emergency care several times for vomiting and seizures. Veterinarian Lesley Herd became suspicious. “Because of the pattern of collapse and low blood glucose on each occasion, and the fact that the dog was normal between episodes, I was suspicious insulin had been administered to the dog.”
The fact Bretman is a veterinary technician is deeply troubling. She happended to work in the same clinic with Herd. Bretman was fired from her position. Florence was rehomed and is doing well. Bretman returns to court for sentencing this month.
Authorities weren’t even sure if the dog discovered in a Queen Creek garage would survive. Lillie the cocker spaniel could barely walk when police found her. Owner Sandra Wood voluntarily surrendered Lillie to authorities who provided the cocker spaniel much needed medical care. The before-and-after pictures are like night and day. Good news. Lillie is making a speedy recovery and will be available for adoption.
Maricopa County police were checking on the welfare of Sandra Wood when they discovered a horrible case animal neglect. Detective Dave Evans said it took him a while before he realized he was looking at a dog since it was covered in so much matted hair. “It was so matted on the back legs that the leg joints were unable to bend and they were kind of in a ‘locked position.'” Police had to cut off four pounds of hair just to transport her for medical care. Even after the hair was removed “Lillie” had difficulty walking on her hind legs.
Wood was charged with four counts of animal cruelty. Wood herself was transported to a hospital for medical care. A horse on the property had to be euthanized. Detective Evans said “All the ribs, bones were showing. The horse was in real bad shape.”
The Featured Adoptable Pet on this sidebar has been updated ensuring the rescue is still active on Petfinder. They were chosen at random around the country:
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England
Angels Under Our Wings Cocker Spaniel Rescue (Victoria, BC)
Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas-Houston
Second Chance Cocker Rescue (CA)
Camp Cocker (CA)
Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue (NY)
Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue (VA)
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