From THE MAIL:
A couple who abandoned their lame dog at the side of a road have been told they can still keep pets. Despite potentially facing jail sentences after being filmed leaving their pet, Ginger, the couple were handed just a conditional discharge.
The dog, a Shetland terrier cross, was abandoned on a patch of grass by Michael Hartley, 54, who pretended to take the dog for a walk before running to his car and driving off. The bewildered dog was seen on CCTV limping pitifully after the vehicle in Weymouth, Dorset.
Four months after the incident, Ginger was taken in by retired postman, John Steele, after he was judged to be the most suitable owner.
“What they did was callous,” he told the Daily Express. “Anything could have happened to the dog after they left her. She could have been run over.”
Ginger is now recovering well and enjoys going to the park every morning. Hartley and Hadfield faced a maximum six-month prison sentence or a fine of up to £20,000. Instead they were told to pay just £100 each along with the conditional discharge.